Flying horse sculptor commended

Sculptor Paul Richardson, well known locally for his public art work, has been commended by an Ipswich arts society for his latest creation.

He and wife Catherine, of Steel Sculptures, have received framed certificates from The Ipswich Society for their latest work Pegasus, the flying horse.

The two metre high steel sculpture, called 52° North, can be found at Ravenswood in Ipswich on the new Charles Church development, Latitude. Pegasus is seen not in flight but gently walking forward, wings at his sides having flown on the line of latitude around the globe. The towns and cities named on his wings all share the same latitude as Ipswich, 52° North.

The Ipswich Society held its annual awards evening in front of a large audience at St Peter’s Church in the town last Friday, when certificates were presented for particularly good examples of public art. The Society was founded in 1960 and is a community of people who care about the appearance, character and well-being of the town, its past and its future and is affiliated to the Civic Trust.

Paul is well known in Ipswich for several public art works including the major on the top of the toilet block at Major’s corner, “Major Convenience” and the ballroom dancers at Ipswich Hospital, “Quick Step to Recovery”. He is also the sculptor of Brainstorm in Gainsborough Library, the Foxgrove Band gates in Foxhall Road for which he was awarded a previous Ipswich Society award for public art and the Angel Gates in St Peters Church on the Waterfront.

Pegasus was unveiled back in August. Simon Wood, senior technical manager for Charles Church Anglia, said: “Latitude is an extraordinary development, combining cutting-edge design and great use of light and space to create adaptable modern family homes.

“We are delighted that Paul’s sculpture has been recognised by Society, as we think it perfectly complements the thought-provoking and cosmopolitan nature of the Latitude site, referencing as it does, the global locations sharing the same degree of latitude as our development.”

Also receiving a commended certificate was landscape designer at Latitude, Eliot Sayer.