Your vote counts!

2016 Northwood sculpture Jon Edgar web useThe sculpture at Slindon will be unveiled here on 17th February 2016 at noon as part of a family event. You can help choose the name up until then!

The National Trust’s Rise of Northwood – the replanting of the majority of a historic woodland lost in the first and second world wars – was made possible by a bequest from John Springthorpe Hunt, who loved the South Downs. An unplanned sculpture has evolved, responding to people and place over 35 days during 14 months, the block being moved around the Slindon Estate to engage with visitors and involve them in the working process. In the early stages, I am interested in the block ‘opening up’ quite randomly through the thoughts of others, so the forms subdivide as the block is turned a number of times. At about day 23 a stronger response gave a final direction and the later carvers acted as apprentices for the few minutes, or hours, they paused for.

Names for the block start to suggest themselves as the final forms develop; I have perhaps a hundred or more which did not quite work. The following are put forward for a final vote at the Forge, Slindon and on the day. You can reply to this post if you wish to cast your view, or book here if you would like to come along on the day to the free event.

The three names for consideration*:

Alluding to the thing which has influenced the stone most in the final imagery. And perhaps to the solidity of the block itself – a focal point amidst the blowing, growing leaves.

Alluding both to woodland growth and to the block’s process of change; also to activity with virtue (parental interaction, volunteering, nurturing, environmental concern, the intentions of the benefactor, the vision of the National Trust for both replanting and for art) Lastly a play on words, as not normally a descriptive term used for a particularly craggy block. The least recognisably descriptive, but giving most for viewers to think about beyond the outward appearance.

‘Heirs’ are young trees in old Sussex dialect. Alluding firstly to the forms of the trees (present and suggested), the Northwood bequest – from man to landscape – as well as to the family interaction visible in the community planting – and the stone.

The published Sculptor’s Journal will be available later in the Spring, documenting and archiving the artistic process beneath the visible sculpture; the thoughts which have taken place and the discoveries of others’ activity in the area.

Jon Edgar is talking about sculpture projects (including Slindon, Petworth Marble, and the creation of a posthumous head of Capability Brown) to The Petworth Society at the Leconfield Hall, Petworth GU28 0AH 7.30pm on 17th Feb; £4 including refreshments.

*If you cannot get along to see the work on site and would like to see more pictures of the sculpture now to help you decide, please make contact.

3 thoughts on “Your vote counts!

  1. We like Heirs and Ancients because of the link between the young trees and the ancient ones.

    See you on the 17th!

    Hayley, David, Jack and Sam Pynn


  2. Hi Jon, I think that I’m going to vote for ‘Planted’ it’s right for the place!
    See you on the 17th and hopefully we’ll get a historic group picture 17 months after the stone was delivered.
    Do you think we should also have a much bigger group shot with everybody who’s there on the day and who feels somehow connected with the work? Might be an interesting record for Slindon’s local historians? Anne.


  3. Hi Jon, I vote for ‘Heirs and Ancients’! Although I have not managed to get over to see how the sculpture is progressing for a very long time, I have enjoyed the regular updates. It is looking wonderful, and the form that I can see in your post below, looks very much like Heirs and Ancients to me.I am sorry I am away next week otherwise I would have come to the unveiling. All good wishes for the event, Leigh

    Leigh Lawson Kinship Genealogical Research Worthing, West Sussex


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