Creative pupils help complete flower project

Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Councillor Patsy Warby, Michelle Freeman from Crafty Foxes, Hadley (5) and Fynn (4) Krafta and Sophia Whalebelly (6) ANL-150620-183343009
Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Councillor Patsy Warby, Michelle Freeman from Crafty Foxes, Hadley (5) and Fynn (4) Krafta and Sophia Whalebelly (6) ANL-150620-183343009
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The final touches have been made to a stunning piece of public art in the Abbey Gardens celebrating our floral excellence.

Children from eight schools, alongside community workshops and West Suffolk College, placed their brightly coloured flower heads into specially made planters in the gardens. This piece on the left of the gardens’ entrance mirrors the artwork by Michael Brennand-Wood who has created a giant display of brightly coloured flowerheads moving in the wind on the right. This is a collaborative community work brought together through Bury in Bloom.

Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Alicia Robertson (11) and Evie Prunky (5) ANL-150620-183542009

Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Alicia Robertson (11) and Evie Prunky (5) ANL-150620-183542009

Already Michael’s piece is becoming a backdrop for photographs by visitors and a recent wedding chose the artwork for their as a setting for their photos.

The installation is a collaboration between Bury in Bloom, Smith’s Row Gallery, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk College, Crafty Foxes and Pro-scape.

Natalie Pace, Smith’s Row, curator, said: “While Michael’s work When Worlds Collide focused on conflict and global issues he is known for his vibrant use of colouring and floral patterning which this work celebrates.”

Crafty Foxes ran workshops where children made brightly coloured flowers from plastic bottles and workshops were also held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Cllrs Julia Wakelam, Andrew Speed, Jo Rayner and Patsy Warby, Bury Town Council and Arts Council, England supported the project.

Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Alice (3) and Edward (6) Polli ANL-150620-183416009

Local school children put the finishing touches to their art installation "Flowerheads" at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmuds. Alice (3) and Edward (6) Polli ANL-150620-183416009

Primary schools taking part were Guildhall Feoffment, Sextons Manor, St Edmunds and Barrow plus Riverwalk, St James and Howard Middle and Feoffment Pre-school.