Sculpture for Bruton

by Phil Simpson

Sculpture for Bruton

Bruton's reputation as a centre for the arts has been further enhanced following the renowned artist Giles Penny's decision to lend a major new work to the town.

Penny, whose studio is based in Bruton, was approached by residents and Bruton Museum three years ago following an exhibition of his work at the museum's Case Space venue with a request to make one of his works accessible to the wider public.

Public sector funding has not been available, so Penny decided to lend “Man on Bench" to Bruton with the help of generous private funding.

After talks with the council, Bruton Museum and ongoing public support for the project, it was agreed to site the sculpture 'Man on Bench' on the riverside walk near the Packhorse Bridge for a period of one year.

Among others of Penny's major works are two sculptures at Canary Wharf, London, and his latest large-scale commission was recently installed at a major new development in Fulham Reach, London.

Planning permission has now been granted and an opening ceremony which the residents of Bruton will be invited, will take place on Saturday 6thJune at 11am.

Mayor of Bruton Mr Steven Hall commented Bruton is very lucky to have had this generous offer from Mr Penny, and I feel that this sculpture will not only enhance the work that has already taken place along riverside walk but will be a welcome addition in its own right.

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