Salisbury Guildhall Square scuplture is 'a gift'

Salisbury Guildhall Square scuplture is 'a gift'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:01pm 20th November 2019. (Updated at 12:05pm 20th November 2019)

The City Council's confirmed how much money a new spire-shaped artwork will cost.

'Turning Point', which is planned to go into the city centre in the New Year, will be installed as part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral.

There have been concerns from local people about the financial impact that might have on the City Council.

But it's now been confirmed that the sculpture is actually being gifted to Salisbury.

A scale maquette of 'Turning Point'
A scale maquette of 'Turning Point'

WHY IS IT COMING HERE? 

The sculpture's been created by John Maine RA.

He's been given funding from the Sir George Frampton Fund, which is sometimes used towards 'distinguished works to be displayed in public'.

That means the costs to Salisbury City Council are minimal, and they've described it as an 'exciting new addition for the city':

We're told it will also be a permanent fixture for Salisbury.

ABOUT THE SCULPTURE 

The artist behind the sculpture says it's 'intended to be a marker of confidence, contributing to a sense of optimism for the future of the city'.

It'll be 4.2 metres high, and built in seven courses of granite, shaped in the form of the cathedral's spire.

'Turning Point' marks the passage of time, as its shadow goes around the base of the works. 

It follows on from John Maine's exhibition in the Cathedral Close in 2014. 

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