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Artwork unveiled at Persimmon Homes development in Essex

23 December 2015

A nine ft sculpture acknowledging the historical site of a new Persimmon Homes development has been unveiled to the public.

The design at Saxon Gate, Chelmsford, was created by Essex-based company The Artnership who worked alongside pupils from Broomfield Primary School school to form the image. The work is based on a Saxon Lord known as ‘Mr Patch’ who lived in the area of Patching Hall during the Saxon period.

His home was discovered during an archaeological dig that took place from 1981 to 1991 and pupils were asked to created a likeness of Mr Patch which ultimately made up the design.

Ben Stanbury of The Artnership, who was behind the creation, said: "The design philosophy that drove the installation choices for Saxon Gate focuses on the concept of a ‘sense of place’. To be able to walk around a public open space in a modern housing development and passively learn about the history of your surroundings is something we feel is important yet rare".

Tracy Vine, also of The Artnership, added: “We wanted to achieve three points; sustainable artwork that can evolve over time and age sympathetically; artwork that will focus on historical relevance to give ‘a sense of place’ and artwork that engages the public by way of interaction or education.”

Kim Oates, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Essex, added: "Saxon Gate is a beautiful development in Chelmsford and we’re delighted that we can acknowledge the historical significance to the area with this art work. The Artnership and the pupils of Broomfield Primary School have produced a wonderful design and it will be pride of place for all our residents to enjoy."

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