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Artist shrinks sculptures

Harlow’s favourite sculptures have been shrunk and placed inside a giant glass bead for an arts and culture festival.

The six sculptures have been recreated in miniature form to create a piece of art for the Sparks Will Fly Festival starting at the end of May.

The work has been done by local artist Amanda Westbury and the bead has been on display in the town in the run-up to the event.

The giant glass bead contains versions of the Henry Moore Family Group, Donkey, Solo Flight, Energise, Pisces and Boar, after members of the public voted for their favourite sculptures in the town earlier in the year.

Councillor Mike Garnett, chairman of Harlow Council, said: “The town has a fascinating and unique public sculpture collection which we are extremely proud of. This is what makes Harlow different to many other towns.

“The residents of Harlow have voted for their favourites pieces, and these will feature in the town‘s latest piece of art which will go on display across the town and then to a special event at Hylands Park in July where thousands of people are expected to attend. After which the artwork will tour Essex before returning to Harlow.”

Sparks Will Fly is an outdoor performance programme that will travel around the county between May 18 and July 6. It involves two larger than life characters, who will collect glass beads from different locations before meeting at the finale in Hylands Park, Chelmsford on July 6, to compete in the Glass Bead Game. Sparks Will Fly will be in Harlow on May 27.


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