Local insurance advisers, Partners&, with offices at The Cider Barn on Huntington Lane, have been the major benefactor in the commissioning of a piece of field art recently installed in Aylestone Park.
The metal sculpture, known as an Armillary Sphere, is based on an original ancient Greek design. The Greeks thought it demonstrated how the sun and stars moved around the earth. It is also known as a Shadow Clock as you can tell the time by the shadow of the arrow. It has been designed on a local theme and built using local materials, colours and features.
The piece was commissioned by the Aylestone Park Association and funded by Partners&, with other local firms helping towards the construction of the plinth it sits on.
Aylestone Park was protected for future generations by a group of volunteers in 2012. They successfully lobbied to have the park listed as a Queen Elizabeth Field in Trust, meaning it is protected in perpetuity and can never be developed. The 47 acres site receives no Government funding and is maintained by a group of eight regular volunteers.
The piece was made by local blacksmiths at Hereford Make CIC, who also collaborated with student blacksmiths from Herefordshire and Ludlow College to come up with the design.
On the design and build process Milton said: “We actually started the design of the Sphere back in 2021 but Covid caused delays; we started the build in January of this year and we were delighted to see it go to its new home last week. We are really proud of the way it turned out and hope visitors to the park will enjoy trying to tell the time using their shadow and appreciating its truly local design and creation.”
Andy Williams, client partner at insurance advisory business Partners& said: “We are over the moon at how well the piece has turned out. I have known Alastair Gibbs for many years and have long admired the work he and the volunteers do in the park. When I approached him about Partners& sponsoring a tree in the park, he suggested a piece of field art instead. Many months later, after some brilliant design work by the students at the Herefordshire and Ludlow College and everyone at Hereford Make CIC, it has finally come to fruition. The team and I at Partners& are primarily business insurance advisers so with the apple sitting at the core of the structure, to represent one of the area’s ancient industries, it is very fitting that it should be at the centre of our gift to the park. We hope it gives everyone who visits great pleasure, and we look forward to visiting it regularly over the years to come.”