Public Consultation Sainsbury's Commission - Saturday 28 July 2012
A bold design for contemporary sculpture by Maxine King is one of seven proposals under consideration for new public art in Hertford.
Funded by Sainsbury's, the commission for original artwork close to the new supermarket at Hartham Common, Hertford is expected to combine innovation and originality with an understanding of the local environment and history.
Maxine King, who created Chadwell Way Sculpture Trail – a series of 31 site specific bronzes in East Herts - has developed a design concept that not only takes into account the natural, built and historic environment, but is also a public artwork for everyone to enjoy.
With years of experience in producing artworks, including the renovation of Henry Moore sculptures, Maxine’s proposal for giant steel rabbit ‘Hops’ refers to The Warren; a steep, densely wooded bank that runs along one side of Hartham Common and home to generations of rabbits.
The design of the sculpture, in terms of scale, material and installation, also considers the impact of vandalism and theft on public art and seeks to reduce these risks substantially.