Cambridge is a city of sculptures with three trails to follow, put together in 2009 by a group of art enthusiast volunteers. With the help of grants from the lottery and Cambridge City Council, plus generous donations to the cause, they were able to put their fantastic idea in to place.
I always think a sculpture adds something exciting and intriguing to a landscape, and of course makes for a good photo opportunity. I love their uniqueness and whilst they might look ‘a bit weird’ to some people, I love they symbolise something important to the artist inspiring them enough to create them (I have similar thoughts about tattoos, but that’s another story!)
During a recent ‘staycation’ I decided to go for a wander around Jesus College, one of the colleges in my city I’ve never visited. I always enjoy wandering around the beautiful grounds of the colleges. Stepping through their entrances in to peaceful and perfectly manicured gardens and courts, leaving behind the bustle of the city streets, always feels like stepping in to a completely different world.
Anyway, I digress. I didn’t just visit the college to admire its grounds, I went in search of sculptures. Jesus College has 26 permanent sculptures throughout its grounds, such as a famous bronze horse which stands majestically on the perfectly cut grass of First Court as you enter the grounds.
A link taking you to the PDF map of the college’s permanent sculptures can be found at the bottom of this post.
Alongside these are a number of temporary sculptures, created by an all female line up of artists forming the ‘Sculpture in the Close’ exhibition. Held every two years, this is the 15th year it has been held at the college.
As I wandered around enjoying the challenge of searching for them, and taking (lots of – naturally!) photos, I was inspired myself. I decided it would be fun and interesting to weave a little sculpture writing/photography project, using the three sculpture trails as a starting point, through this blog.
I enjoy a challenge and aim to find them all, do a bit of research, understand them and why they have been placed where they are and perhaps also speak to some of the artists. Ticking them all off the trail lists as I go (like something akin to a train spotter excitedly ticking of trains!)
At this point I have no idea where this project will take me in writing and blogging terms, but it will be fun to find out.
I already delved in to the world of sculptures a few years ago when I wrote a short general article about the sculpture trails, so I’m looking forward to revisiting some of the sculptures and discovering others.
Here’s one of my favourite sculptures from the Cambridge trail list. This one is situated at the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum on Lensfield Road in Cambridge.
Do you have a favourite sculpture? If so, what is it and where and why do you like it so much?
If you would like to visit the ‘Sculpture in the Close’ exhibition there is still time, as it ends on September 17th. Find out more by visiting the above link.
An information booklet and map are available for £4 from the Porter’s Office and come in very handy. Follow this link for the PDF map of its permanent sculptures.
Here is the link to my local secrets article about the sculpture trails in Cambridge.
Up to date listings of Cambridge’s sculpture trails can be found here