THE Jacobean garden at Hertford Museum will soon become part of a unique sculpture trail of small bronzes created by a class of schoolchildren at St John the Baptist C of E Primary School in Great Amwell.
Inspired by a trip to the Henry Moore Foundation, each child in Mrs Botterman’s class is making wax figures to be cast into bronze by Morris Singer Art Founders, who are part sponsoring the project. The public artworks will be sited at heritage sites, by rivers and in trees in Great Amwell, Ware, Hertford and along the Thames Water New River.
Alex H, Alex K, Ellen, Grace and Jessica, aged 7 to 8, are the first group to produce sculptures in wax:
Alex H: “We went to the Henry Moore Foundation and went to look at his sculptures.”
Alex K: “We were shown photos of where our sculptures were going to be. We had to use our imagination.”
Ellen: “When our group started we had to draw a picture of what we were doing.”
Grace: “Our Class 3 project is about making sculpture. We have been using wax and clay.”
Jessica: “It is fun making sculptures. Ellen is making a duck head with a human body, Alex K is making a giraffe with a head like Mario, Alex H is making a walking house and Grace and me are making mermaids.”
The project has been funded by The Nigel Copping Fund and Cllr Rosemary Cheswright through the Herts County Council Locality Budget Scheme. The concept, management and workshops for the project have been arranged by artist Maxine King in consultation with Thames Water, Great Amwell Parish Council, Ware Town Council and East Herts District Council who, as partners in the project, are providing a number of locations for the trail.
More on our project soon, to include our next special guest coming to St John the Baptist.