Friends of Victoria Park Stretford

Sun Dial Opening

Sun Dial Sculpture Opening 3pm, 30thSep 2012 in Victoria Park, Stretford

“Time of a Generation” Sun Dial Sculpture

 

This 12 foot sun dial depicting a father and son sits in it’s ownbeautiful south facing open space and is ideal for such a piece of design and boasts the correct positioning for the sun, has been designed by Ben Pepper, a Stretford artist.  It is made of core ten steel [like the angel of the north] and will last for generations to come whilst providing us with a beautiful timepiece for us to enjoy now. This project was born after Ben Pepper was walking around the park looking for a space to place a sculpture with Shelly Quinton-Hulme, chairperson for the Friends of Victoria Park. Discussions were had between the Friends of Victoria Park and Ben and a plan was formed. The Friends used their own funds to make and install the sun dial and got some further funding from Trafford Housing Trust, Stretford Panel and the Community Development Foundation for the planting scheme and the information plaque. The technical drawings were done by Andrew Thurman of Salford University 3D Department and approved by Trafford Council.

 

Shelly Quinton-Hulme says ‘this sundial is so beautiful and has taken years to go from project idea to reality – it really is worth coming to see, we are all so proud of it’  ‘Sue Pepper [Ben’s mother] lost her fight with cancer today [17/9/12] and we had all hoped she would live long enough to see Ben’s first permanent sculpture erected. Sue was so full of life and was so proud of Ben’s achievements and loved his work it really is a shame she will not be there, but we will try and make it a fun day whilst still remembering all those we have lost to this terrible disease, and thankful for all those who have survived it.’

Ben Pepper quote:

‘I have created really meaningful artworks and beautiful products that I am really proud of, but there is nothing on this earth that has made me feel so heartfelt and touched as to be able to do something like this at this time of my life, it is unforgettable.’

 

Sheet fabs in Nottingham made and installed the sundial. Sheet fabs are known for making Anthony Gormley’s sculptures amongst other big named sculptors. The foundations were carried out by MC Services.

Rebecca Green and the other park gardeners helped to clear this area of weeds and dead plants, and Rebecca designed the planting scheme and will supervise the community planting which will be done on Sunday 30th Sep from 10am until 3pm, directly before the opening ceremony. The Friends of Victoria Park are paying Stretford Brass Band to come along to play for all the volunteers as they plant [from 1-3pm] and free refreshments for all volunteer planters will be provided by the Friends. Please come along and help, meet at the community building or come and find us at the sun dial site. All equipment will be provided. We need loads of help if we are to plant the thousands of plants to make this area look spectacular. We need a Garden Army please – all ages welcome, and it would be great if you could stay from 3pm onwards to celebrate the official opening of the sun dial and listen to the music and have a drink with us.

Why it’s here?

 

This sundial is a place to remember all sufferers and survivors of cancer and to the dedicated work carried out by The Christies.

We want this area to be a place where you can reflect and take time to remember loved ones but we do not want this to be a sad place, rather one that is vibrant and full of life and a well used celebration of all the generations that have gone before us and those still to come.

This place should be an exciting place to explore the science of sun dials and wonder at the amazing place that is our solar system and enjoy the beautiful flowers and trees that we have planted. We want schools to come and bring their classes here to learn about sundials and see the other resources our park has to offer. There is also the opportunity for brass rubbings here as the numbers are so tactile. If you want to find out more about sundials then we have an education pack with a lessons plan available to download soon from our website www.fovps.org.uk.

 

Offical opening of the sculpture will be done by the Pepper family with comperes from BBC’s The Apprentice, Gabbi Omar and Stephen Brady, and BBC’s The Voice Singers, Matt and Sueleen [niece of Sue Pepper / cousin of Ben Pepper] will help celebrate the opening of this permanent new timepiece.