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New sculpture at Sudbury garden draws mixed views


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


A newly installed wooden sculpture at a public garden in Sudbury has sparked an online debate.

Facebook users have expressed mixed views on the statue in Weavers’ Piece, Siam Gardens, which has been crafted from a tree trunk to represent a silk weaver at work.

Organised by voluntary organisation, Sudbury in Bloom, the sculpture is part of a regeneration project designed to pay homage to Sudbury’s rich silk heritage.

A project, which pays homage to Sudbury's silk weaving industry, is nearing completion..A statue in Weavers' Piece garden, carved out of a tree is a new edition to the site...Pictured:John Moore (carpenter)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton ... (16092492)
A project, which pays homage to Sudbury's silk weaving industry, is nearing completion..A statue in Weavers' Piece garden, carved out of a tree is a new edition to the site...Pictured:John Moore (carpenter)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton ... (16092492)

Some online users have praised the craftsmanship by local tree surgeon John Moore, while others have questioned whether the location is a suitable site for the striking piece.

Chris Storey, chairman of Sudbury in Bloom, is pleased that the craft has attracted so much attention and has welcomed further public debate.

“It’s the first thing that has generated a large amount of discussion,” he said, acknowledging that the sculpture may not be to everyone’s tastes.

“If we took a picture and showed it to 100 people, and everybody liked it, I would be surprised,” he said.

A project, which pays homage to Sudbury's silk weaving industry, is nearing completion..A statue in Weavers' Piece garden, carved out of a tree is a new edition to the site...Pictured: Marian Bailey, Chris Storey, John Moore (carpenter), John Sayers, Lyndon Collier and Andy Howes....PICTURE: Mecha Morton ... (16092491)
A project, which pays homage to Sudbury's silk weaving industry, is nearing completion..A statue in Weavers' Piece garden, carved out of a tree is a new edition to the site...Pictured: Marian Bailey, Chris Storey, John Moore (carpenter), John Sayers, Lyndon Collier and Andy Howes....PICTURE: Mecha Morton ... (16092491)

Other online users questioned the expense of the regeneration project, with some unaware that it had been funded from a £25,000 grant from Pocket Parks Plus, a government scheme set up to provide financial support for restoring parks and green spaces.

“It’s money that wouldn’t have come to Suffolk if it wasn’t for the bid, and that has benefited Sudbury,” said Mr Storey, who has offered to meetmembers of the public at the site to discuss the project.

“I’m only too happy to talk about what we have been doing,” he said.

A range of plants, typically used to dye silk, have been showcased in the gardens to highlight the importance of the town’s silk industry.

“It’s been a massive project to take on because there’s been so many different elements to cover,” said Mr Storey.

An inaugural silk festival is being staged at St Peter’s and Sudbury Town Hall on Saturday.



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