Artist behind mystery wooden sculptures revealed

The Cluniac monk

The Cluniac monk

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WOOD carvings inspired by the nature and heritage of Southend have been surprising walkers.

Six sculptures by chainsaw artist Ben Loughrill have been installed on the Prittle Brook Greenway path between Priory Park, Southend, and Belfairs Park, Leigh, to encourage people to walk or cycle across town and onwards to Daws Heath.

Louise Morris, environmental projects manager for Southend Council and Essex Wildlife Trust, which commissioned the carvings, said: “We wanted to interpret the cycle path sopeople have an understanding of the wildlife and heritage of the area.”

Dog walkers on an evening stroll have been surprised to see a monk of the Cluniac order that founded Prittlewell Priory looming out of the dusk at the start of the path, opposite Priory Park.

A little further a pair of walking boots represent the main activity on the path before a bench with Foxes at Highfield Crescent offers the opportunity for a rest.

A Saxon Warrior stands near Westbourne Grove.

A song thrush was installed near Blenheim Crescent to represent declining species, but Southend Council has removed it temporarily after it was vandalised.

A grey squirrel squats near the entrance to Belfairs Park, in Fleming Avenue.

The £6,000 commission is part of a project to connect green areas across the district.

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8:09am Tue 22 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction
like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction pembury53
  • Score: -6

12:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Nebs says...

pembury53 wrote:
like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction
I walk by a couple of them regularly, they look great. I do tend to agree with you though, I would be pleasantly surprised if they are all 'as is' this time next year.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction[/p][/quote]I walk by a couple of them regularly, they look great. I do tend to agree with you though, I would be pleasantly surprised if they are all 'as is' this time next year. Nebs
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

Surely that Cluniac Monk, should be in Cluney Square..
Surely that Cluniac Monk, should be in Cluney Square.. John Right
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Tue 22 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Nebs wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction
I walk by a couple of them regularly, they look great. I do tend to agree with you though, I would be pleasantly surprised if they are all 'as is' this time next year.
expect some 'reworking' to say the least.....
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: like a collection of red rags to bulls....... pending destruction[/p][/quote]I walk by a couple of them regularly, they look great. I do tend to agree with you though, I would be pleasantly surprised if they are all 'as is' this time next year.[/p][/quote]expect some 'reworking' to say the least..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Deckard_Rick says...

I think that's great, someone creating something to make our day to day lives more visually stimulating, I don't understand the negativity. £6000 is not that much money, about half a years housing benefit for one person who isn't doing anything as interesting with their life. Rather than being so disgusted by them that you never walk that path again, why don't you spread a bit of your joy and do something that you think would benefit our green areas
I think that's great, someone creating something to make our day to day lives more visually stimulating, I don't understand the negativity. £6000 is not that much money, about half a years housing benefit for one person who isn't doing anything as interesting with their life. Rather than being so disgusted by them that you never walk that path again, why don't you spread a bit of your joy and do something that you think would benefit our green areas Deckard_Rick
  • Score: 12

3:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

You'llThankme for telling us all that says...

I can see those adorning someones boot sale stall
I can see those adorning someones boot sale stall You'llThankme for telling us all that
  • Score: 1

10:56pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Letmetryagain says...

They are very nice, but as said, they won't survive very long unfortunately.
They are very nice, but as said, they won't survive very long unfortunately. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 0

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