Salisbury sculpture gets approval

Salisbury sculpture gets approval

Published by Jack Deery at 12:24pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 12:26pm 11th March 2020)

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A planning application had been submitted for the installation of a statue in the city centre that celebrates the 800 year anniversary of the Cathedral.

The 'Turning Point' sculpture will be placed around 15 metres away from the War Memorial in the Guildhall Square after Wiltshire Council approved the application. 


There were 50 comments made by the general public on the application, with mixed reviews. 

Some said that the statue would be better suited in the Cathedral Close, while others said it would be an excellent addition to the city

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

Wiltshire Council Arts Service have shown their support for the application: 

"The arts service raises no objection and understands the sculpture's reference to the cathedral's spire and as a “turning point” for Salisbury's future which provides a sense of place and relevance; the location being central to Salisbury could work well; the material appears to be durable, long lasting with minimum maintenance."


It's been gifted to the city by artist John Maine, who was given funding from the Sir George Frampton Fund.

This means the cost to Salisbury City Council will be minimal as they will only have to pay for installation.

The finished product is supposed to mimic the spire of Salisbury Cathedral and will stand at 4.2 metres high.

The Turning Point sculpture being created
The Turning Point sculpture being created

It's made entirely out of granite in 7 different sections which are all placed at different angles to make it look twisted.

The weight of it is estimated at 5 tonnes.

The artist says it marks the passage of time, as its shadow goes around the base of the works. 

There is no word yet on when installation will take place.

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