This sculpture was commissioned by the team organising the renovation of the former Moravian Church in Malmesbury, a new community building and extension of the Athelstan Museum. I was asked to identify a location for a public sculpture that would ‘link to the heritage of the town and building while being contemporary and inspiring’. Researching the history of the Moravian Church helped formalise my designs and I chose to use the space between the restored beautiful stained glass windows facing the roadside.
I studied the complex structure of the Moravian Star – a symbol of the historic use of the building – and considered the geometric possibilities of forging a sculpture with 26 points of a true Moravian star structure. My design developed, deconstructing the star shape while considering my blacksmithing techniques as the main means of making the work.
I used different forged tapered sections; flat bars, hot-split or fire welded and angle iron forged to a tapers all connected to an open dodecahedron in the centre. Light plays on the surfaces different angles, changing the dimensions of the work as the light changes. I wanted a sculpture with substance, presence and a delicate, light-weight feel. The forged sections are an etched zinc grey finish with 24ct Gold to take your eye up and away to the sky.
The finished sculpture has a Medieval-weaponry feel to it while also taking the form of a Moravian Star. When you stand underneath and look through it you can see the sky through the complex structure inside.
The sculpture is set within an historically researched simple garden design. The contrast of the traditional building, stained glass, railings and garden set the sculpture off as contemporary beacon symbolising the progressive change of use of the building.