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Art sculpture unveiled on new Aylesbury development

It's been inspired by nature in partnership with the RSPB.

Published by Mix96 News at 11:20am 10th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Art sculpture unveiled on new Aylesbury development

A new art installation has been unveiled in Aylesbury.

The nature-inspired work has been installed on Kingsbrook.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames has worked closely with the RSPB to create wildlife friendly spaces throughout the development so that animals can move freely throughout the residential areas.

Around 60% of the development is made up of green space including ponds, parks, meadows, orchards and a nature reserve. These features have been implemented at Kingsbrook to cultivate a sanctuary for wildlife. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes has installed a number of swift bricks in properties at the Kingsbrook development to attract the protected species to nest when they are in Britain between early May and August. 

Kingsbrook sculpture

To reflect this, Barratt and David Wilson Homes has worked with a local sculptor to create a piece of public art that represents one of the avian species that they hope to encourage to nest at the development. 

Young British Sculptor Charles Elliott and his team at Elliott of London were commissioned to create the two metre 'Verdigris and Gold Swift Sphere' to celebrate Barratt and David Wilson Homes' partnership with the RSPB and the reintroduction of swifts into the area.

Charles said:

"I'm very happy with the final result of our swift sphere, it's been a team effort and I hope that the residents at Kingsbrook will enjoy it for years to come."

Jo Alden, Technical Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames said: said

"The new public art at Central Square is a brilliant addition to the development. 

"We are delighted to be able to contribute to the community in Aylesbury, old and new, by providing these wonderful facilities that can be enjoyed by everyone."

Kingsbrook sculpture

Emma Marsh, Director at RSPB England, said:

"I'm delighted to see our partnership with Barratt and David Wilson Homes to give nature a home at Kingsbrook being celebrated in the form of this fantastic, bird-inspired community sculpture at the heart of the village. 

"Nature needs our help, and creating space for nature in new homes and communities not only helps wildlife, it gives people all the benefits of having nature on their doorsteps - whether it's swifts nesting in the swift bricks that have been included in many of Kingsbrook's houses, hedgehogs making use of the hedgehog-friendly gardens, or kingfishers fishing on the new pools Barratt has created. 

"Kingsbrook demonstrates that it is possible to build places that make us all feel part of nature, and I hope it is a model we will see being followed much more in the future."

The sculpture is situated in Central Square which also has a new nature-inspired play area consisting of wooden structures for children to climb on and animal motifs painted onto the colourful playground floor. 

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