Fittleworth sculptor to embark on new year-long project

Jon Edgar with his sculpture. Jon Edgar (Sculptor) has created a Roman sculpture at  the RSPB Pulborough Brooks. There is now a ongoing debate among the community on whether the people of Pulborough want the sculpture to stay at the Brooks. Pulborough. Picture : Liz Pearce 111114JE10 SUS-141111-163022008
Jon Edgar with his sculpture. Jon Edgar (Sculptor) has created a Roman sculpture at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks. There is now a ongoing debate among the community on whether the people of Pulborough want the sculpture to stay at the Brooks. Pulborough. Picture : Liz Pearce 111114JE10 SUS-141111-163022008

Just a few weeks after finishing his last project a sculptor from Fittleworth is preparing to embark on yet another year- long project.

Jon Edgar only put down his tools two weeks ago as he added the finishing touches to Trisantonis -the trespasser-, located at the RSPB centre in Pulborough.

But the sculptor is all set to head down to Slindon this weekend as he prepares to make a brand new masterpiece at the National Trust’s Slindon Estate to mark the ‘Rise of Northwood’ project.

The project will see 13,000 new trees planted over the next few months, covering 185 acres of land, as the Trust looks to reclaim all the forests that were lost in both world wars.

Jon has been invited to make a sculpture to celebrate the event and, just like his last project, he plans on creating the artwork outside where he will be battling the elements and meeting the public.

He said: “This is probably the most exciting project I have ever been involved in. There are some amazing landscapes and culture around the Slindon area. It has got a lot of history that dates back to the medieval times and lots of historic people who lived in the area. It is going to be fabulous.”

But it’s not just the landscape and the culture that Jon is getting excited about.

“The National Trust are going to move the three tonne stone around the site over the year,” he added. “This is going to get me out to new people so I can talk to them about the piece. I have never done anything like this before.”

Jon said the sculpture will take around a year to make and at the moment he does not have a plan for what he is going to create.

“The plan is there is no plan. I will be giving people who come down postcards so they can write down what they love about the area.

“If we can get thousands of people involved then one day their grandchildren can say my ancestors were involved with creating that.”

Jon will be keeping an online diary to let people know how the project is going. You can view the diary at http://slindonsculpture.wordpress.com/ or to visit the site and meet him this weekend to give your ideas on the piece call 01243 814730.