A NEW temporary sculpture celebrating movement and the Salisbury is being installed in High Street.

Salisbury BID, with funding from Arts Council England, has commissioned artist Tim Scrace to create the sculpture, This Too Will Pass.

The sculpture celebrates the themes of movement and reflection and incorporates hand-selected stones from Salisbury Cathedral’s works yard.

Tim said: “I am keen for the sculpture to be interactive, a place and a platform for the community to reflect on the past, make sense of this moment and to build a better future.”

It is made from polished stainless steel, recycled paper and local Chilmark stone.

The sculpture is in three parts and people are encouraged to move between them to stop and reflect.

Salisbury BID originally commissioned the sculpture as part of City on the Move, the 800th anniversary celebrations of Salisbury Cathedral last year, but installation was delayed by the closure of non-essential businesses during the pandemic.

The sculpture is funded by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Funding Grant.

Robin McGowan, of Salisbury BID, said: “We’re delighted with Tim’s imaginative design for Salisbury’s High Street and look forward to seeing residents and visitors engaging with the sculpture as they come into the city for shopping, eating and drinking, with many of our businesses reopening following the recent lockdowns.”

Three further sculptures - GRIP (Net) by Anthony Gormley, Formation I (The Dappled Light of the Sun) by Conrad Shawcross and Skystation by Peter Newman - will be displayed at Salisbury Cathedral and the Cathedral Close throughout the year.

Salisbury Cathedral Works Yard, Salisbury Joinery, Wiltshire Creative, Deborah Fox, James Gough, RDF Lighting, Richlite, Stormboard, RNC Fabrications, Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, Design Pit, Signs Express helped bring the sculpture to life.

Salisbury Mayor Councillor Caroline Corbin said: “Salisbury is excited about welcoming residents and visitors safely back into the city centre this summer as lockdown measures ease. This interactive sculpture will be an additional attraction, giving people a chance to reflect on the past but also to envisage a bright and optimistic future for us all.”

The installation is due to be completed by Friday (May 21) and the sculpture will remain in place throughout the summer.

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