AN ICONIC silver figure stands tall on the Risbygate roundabout after the unveiling of the newest piece of public art inBury St Edmunds.
The statue of St Edmund at his martyrdom was designed by student Emmanuel O’Brien, 18, from Bury St Edmunds, who won the From Abbey to arc competition organised by Bury in Bloom to design a roundabout for the town.
The 9ft piece, constructed by Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal at Stowlangtoft, used stainless steel strands woven round the saint’s body pierced through with arrows.
The is the first piece of public art in the town for 35 years. Emmanuel also designed the planting of shrubs on the roundabout.
Money was provided by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Suffolk Housing Society and Bury in Bloom with Havebury Housing Partnership helping organise the competition which marked In Bloom’s 25th anniversary.
Mark Murphy, from BBC Radio Suffolk, unveiled the statue on Tuesday.
Simon Pott, chairman of Bury in Bloom, said the sculpture was a ‘fantastic piece of art’ and raised the profile of St Edmund.
Emmanuel said: “I’m really pleased. It looks so lovely. I’ll have to keep driving round to see it. Nigel has executed my vision exquisitely.”