A Rodborough sculptor has been commissioned to design and create a signature sculpture to be sited alongside the newly restored canal at Capel’s Mill.
Waterside park enhancement
Sam Freeman, who lectures part-time at Stroud & South Gloucestershire College, was chosen from 28 entries from sculptors across Gloucestershire. His work will be installed in a prominent position at Capels Mill, widley regarded as Stroud's new waterside park.
The entries were judged by a panel comprising local artists, Pangolin Editions and representatives of Cotswold Canals Trust and Stroud District Council.
Sam will have the unique chance to work with craftsmen from Pangolin Editions to design and produce the piece of art. Pangolin is the world famous sculpture production facility based in Chalford. The sculpture will be made from recycled metal and other materials left over from the company’s production processes.
Dream come true
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me“ said Sam.
“I’m going to be working with leading experts to produce a significant piece of public art in my home town. It’s a dream come true.”
Praise from Pangolin
“It was very exciting to be presented with four completely different and inventive uses for the contents of our scrap bin by the shortlisted sculptors,” said Claude Koenig of Pangolin Editions.
“As a result, making a choice proved a difficult task but we are delighted with the panel’s decision and look forward to working with Sam to enable him to realise his concept.”
Arts Festival unveiling planned
The finished sculpture will be unveiled to the public at the end of May, to coincide with the Stroud Arts Festival. Until then, Sam is remaining tight-lipped about his ideas. “I put some ideas to the judges,” he said, “but I’m sure that as I work with Pangolin, things will change. The end result could be very different; we’ll just have to wait and see!”