Grantham’s Wyndham Park Forum and SKDC have announced their first commemoration of the centenary of World War One in the park by asking the public for designs for a new dedicated sculpture.
Local residents are being offered the chance to honour the fallen by designing a sculpture to mark the important 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the war.
Using inspiration from the history and heritage of the park, it is requested designs are based on World War One and/or The Machine Gun Corps which had particular connections with nearby Belton House during the conflict.
Designs should feature a sculpture that is to be created to no more than two metres in height and two metres in width and not contain more than three human figures. The sculpture will be displayed close to the park’s memorial archway.
Consideration should be given to the fact that it will be viewed from many angles and placed outdoors where it will catch the sun and cast shadows throughout each season.
Local sculptor David Sharpe, who works in metal and often uses recycled materials, stainless steel or wrought iron, has been approached regarding the creation of the sculpture.
Designers are asked to consult his website www.davidsharpesculpture.co.uk or Facebook page David Sharpe Sculpture to see examples of his work.
Entry forms are available in Friday’s Grantham Journal (January 31 edition), on the Wyndham Park website, www.wyndhamparkgrantham.org.uk or in person at the Old Pavilion Tea Rooms at the park or SKDC’s council offices on St Peter’s Hill.
More information about the history of the park to give inspiration for ideas, entry forms to download and a summary of the rules can be found at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/wpsculpture
The new attraction has been commissioned to be built in the park following the announcement of initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) earlier this month.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for arts, leisure and culture Coun Bob Adams said: “This is a fitting first project under the HLF and BIG funding that we hope will capture the imagination and educate new and existing generations of the park’s military links.
“Commemorating 100 years of The Great War with the creation of a lasting tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice is truly what the spirit of the project on the park in the coming months and years will be about.”
John Knowles, chairman of Wyndham Park Forum, said: “I hope that people appreciate and understand that the park was set up as a memorial park and it will be nice to have a new memorial in there as part of the restoration work.”
A panel of judges including Coun Adams will choose a shortlist of entries that will then be taken to a public vote in April or May.
Designs and entry forms must be received by Monday, March 31, 2014. Entries can be made by e-mail to email@example.com or by post to: Wyndham Park Sculpture Competition, PR SKDC, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6PZ.
The winner’s name will be inscribed on a plaque displayed with the sculpture. Any enquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01476 40 60 80 ext 6453.