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Estate sculpture is now unveiled
PUPILS from Dyson Perrins school were involved in the design of a sculpture at the centre of Malvern’s newest housing estate.
The students worked with artist John Merrill on the work, entitled The Copse, which stands in the Skylark Meadows development at Malvern Vale.
Mr Merrill was commissioned to produce the wooden sculpture by Malvern Hills District Council, which paid the £8,000 costs from money contributed by the property developer as part of the planning deal.
Malvern Vale, formerly North Site, was home to a number of army units and defence technology organisations, and part of the brief was to reflect the site’s heritage.
The name The Copse refers to the REME Copse, planted by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who were once based there.
Councillor Phil Grove said: “The Copse is a really interesting piece of artwork inspired by the local environment and nature found in the Malvern Hills area.
“The artist worked on the design with local Dyson Perrins pupils whose ideas were incorporated into the piece of art and inspired the shapes in the sculpture.
“It’s a unique sculpture that pays tribute to the rich local heritage of the surrounding area and the woodland which would once have stood on this land. Some of the initial ideas and views from the students formed an organic part of the artwork and the end result is a really positive piece of art for Malvern created by the local community.“ However, when the design was revealed two years ago, some responses were less than positive.
At Malvern Town Council, Coun Pat Mewton described it as a “monstrosity”, and writers to the Gazette’s letters page described it as “a complete waste of time, space and money”, and an “abstract obelisk set up in an obscure housing estate”.
There were also complaints it did not reflect the history of radar development on the site.
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