Dilemma is a new public sculpture specially created for Lowndes Park Water in Chesham by award-winning local sculptor Stephen Charlton.
With the extraction of Stephen’s ‘Miss Daisy’ sculpture from the waters in June 2016, Stephen has collaborated with local brickmaker HG Matthews in Bellingdon, to create a piece that aims to engage and delight local residents, children and vistors alike.
Here’s the cat’s dilemma, we all know that cats fear water but love mice. To risk the perilous journey from stack to stack and reach the mouse without falling into the water is the cat’s issue. Feeling confident, the mouse taunts the cat by dancing on the opposite bricks. The nine coloured glazed stacks reflect the 9 lives of a cat.
“I hope that this entertaining piece will encourage children to come down to the park and interact with the piece by drawing it, or creating a story around it.” Stephen is creating a local award for the best photograph, painting and story of the piece in situ over a six month period to engage the local community in the sculpture.
The technology HG Matthews apply to their bricks is astounding. Each stack of semi-circular bricks are coloured using specialist glazing finishes. This demonstrates innovation and a visual impact to the piece. The chosen colour theme of green and blue is reflected within the water environment of the park.
The installation was a difficult one as under the surface of the water was two feet of sediment, setting a challenge for Stephen and his team to negotiate.