New health centre to include art

ART PROPOSAL: Councillor John Sayers is pushing for a 24-foot sculpture to be included in plans for the new Sudbury health centre.
ART PROPOSAL: Councillor John Sayers is pushing for a 24-foot sculpture to be included in plans for the new Sudbury health centre.

SUDBURY’S new health centre development may feature a huge steel sculpture, if a councillor gets his wish.

The 24-foot high structure has been designed by American artist Judy Sutton Moore and is being put forward by county, district and town councillor John Sayers for inclusion on the Church Field Road site, which is expected to cost around £10million.

Mr Sayers, pictured said: “At the point of the spring and autumn equinox, it projects a perfect circle from the sun’s rays, and at that moment you could have poetry readings or children playing instruments. It is a moment for celebration.”

The idea for the sculpture has been in the pipeline since 1995, and could act as a catalyst for exchange projects involving Australia and Argentina, where similar sculptures have been made, according to Mr Sayers.

“To witness a perfect circle made by the sun on a plinth is quite an experience,” he said. “This is the revival of an idea, something that has been resurrected.

“The fact that it could be up at the health centre means it might symbolise wellbeing.”

The potential cost of the project, part of which would be made by Mrs Sutton Moore in America and shipped to Sudbury, is currently unknown according to Mr Sayers, whose suggestion for the inclusion of the sculpture has been sent to NHS Suffolk.

Derek Mitchell, health centre project manager for NHS Suffolk, said: “There are three developers bidding for the project, and each of them has been asked to submit a report about how they would incorporate art into the building.

“We will select a developer in the new year and talk further with them about what type of art will be included. We would expect the bidders to make a contribution for this as part of their bid.”