Andy Scott chosen to create new sculptures in Crayford
PUBLISHED: 13:11 06 January 2012
An internationally renowned artist has been chosen to create two sculptures inspired by Crayford's aircraft history as part of the town hall redevelopment.
Andy Scott, who also produced a six meter high Gypsy Cob horse in Belvedere last year is due to begin work on the pieces entitled Propella and Captain Crayford in the next few months.
They have been inspired by the company Vickers which was a major employer in the area producing armaments, artillery and aeroplanes which were crucial to the British Army and Navy during World War One.
Artist Andy Scott said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to carry out this exciting commission and can’t wait to get started.
“I will do my best to honour the proud history and aspirations of Crayford and hope this new project meets with the same approval and praise from the community as The Cob.
“I’m delighted the local community is so passionate about it, their support is fantastic.”
Both pieces costing £140,000 will be located in the new public square being created in Crayford and will be funded by developers R&M Projects and Sainsbury’s.
The designs recreate an iconic image used by Vickers of a female figure, draped and posed in a heroic stance holding a propeller above her head, with a spiralling form wrapping down around the sculpture.
The other piece is of a young boy playing with a model aeroplane wearing a flying hat and goggles.
Over 700 residents took part in a consultation where they were shown prospective designs by four artists with Andy Scott receiving 40 percent of the public vote.
Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, Cllr Linda Bailey said; “I am delighted that such a striking piece has been chosen by local people, honouring Vickers and the important part they played in Crayford’s rich heritage.
“I am grateful to R&M Projects (Crayford) and Sainsbury’s for funding this project and I look forward to the artwork taking pride of place at the heart of the development.”