Market Site Statue Project for Sturminster Newton
was promoted by The Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton to mark their 60th anniversary
in May 2004.
October 2003 the Sturminster Newton Rotary Club proposed that a statue should
be erected on the site of the old market place, not only to commemorate the market
operation but also to look to the future of the town. The proposal was enthusiastically
supported by both the Town Council and the community group, SturQuest and a Statue
Project Steering Group was set up under the able chairmanship of Rotarian Joe
Casey. An exhibition portraying the history of the market site was held
at the community office with `suggestion sheets' for the design of the statue
provided for visitors.
The very strong local support for this project was
instrumental in obtaining a positive result to our approach to the Arts Council
for funding. The statue commission was advertised and through a selection process,
four artists were asked to produce a miniature statue of their proposals. A public
meeting to discuss the project was held, with the largest attendance ever recorded
at Sturminster Hall.
this meeting an exhibition of the four designs was mounted which gave the public
the opportunity to vote for their choice of statue. By popular choice the winner
proved to be the `The Market Column' by Peter Griffin. Click
here to learn more about the artist.