Designer chosen to produce new work for Cathedral Gardens

Posted by ap507 at Jan 27, 2014 09:57 AM |

Issued by Leicestershire County Council on 27 January 2014

A series of 12  vertical steel plates capturing the story of Richard lll’s death will be the new work in Leicester’s revamped Cathedral Gardens.

The unique and poignant portrayal of the last Plantagenet king’s final days has been selected from a shortlist and will be unveiled in the city in the spring.

Created by London-based design practice Dallas Pierce Quintero (DPQ) , the design echoes the gravestones in Cathedral Gardens and reflects Richard III’s final moments in battle at Bosworth,  the moving of his body to Leicester, his burial and, finally, rediscovery by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

Leicestershire County Council has commissioned the new work of art - provisionally titled Towards Stillness - as part of its £250,000 contribution to the redevelopment of the gardens, which has now started in partnership with the cathedral and city council.

In all,  five artists, chosen from more than 70 expressions of interest, produced proposals for the piece of work which has to explore the connection between Bosworth Field where Richard III fell and the place of his burial in the city.

County council leader Nick Rushton, who was on the selection panel, said: “There was a lot of interest from the general public when the designs went on display, but we thought the DPQ work best reflected the brief.”

DPQ director Juliet Quintero said: “We are delighted to have been appointed for this prestigious commission and look forward to the challenge of creating an engaging piece of public artwork which will offer viewers a new understanding of Richard III’s last moments and journey to date.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the Cathedral Gardens project and we look forward to working with the county council, city council and the cathedral to realise the artwork.”

The work of art will be located near St Martins House at the west side of Cathedral Gardens where there will be an attractive paved area at one end of the new St Martins Walk, which will run from the new Richard III visitor centre to St Martins House.

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