Work of ‘heart’ is on its way to Crowland green

Artist Richard Janes draws inspiration from children at Southview.
Artist Richard Janes draws inspiration from children at Southview.
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A work of art reflecting the life and soul of Crowland – its connection with St Guthlac, history, the convergence of three rivers and a 21st 
century eclipse – may soon take pride of place on South Street Green.

Crowland Parish Council is seeking planning consent for the 3.2m (nearly 10ft 6in) steel sculpture in a joint venture with the arts group, Transported.

We want to put it on South Street Green because that has the biggest footfall ...

Parish councillor John Parnell

Richard Janes was the stand-out winner when Transported asked artists to come up with designs and illustrative, scale models.

Richard has since refined his working model, taking into account contributions from children at Southview Primary School, and now there’s eager anticipation to see the finished work.

John Parnell, who chairs the parish council arts committee, said: “It’s more of an art feature than a statue.

“We want to put it on South Street Green because that has the biggest footfall with lots of people going to the doctors’ surgery and lots of people going into the playing field.”

Elizabeth Bergeron, arts engagement officer with Transported, said the work of art was inspired by Crowland’s rich heritage, particularly in relation to St Guthlac, as well as modern day life. If planning consent is given, the installation could take place in late September and a celebration is pencilled in for November.