The St Edmund’s Wolf has been installed and now sits in regal splendour on the Southgate Green roundabout as a stunning welcome to the town.
Commissioned by Bury in Bloom and created by Ben Loughrill from Halesworth the wolf guards the crown of St Edmunds which has been fashioned by Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal in Stowlangtoft. Stone from the original Abbey has also been donated to the piece by the Abbey Hotel.
The wolf, which stands around 7ft tall, has its head raised to the heavens and has been crafted from seasoned oak.
On Sunday workmen lifted it into place. The work is the third of sculptures on the town’s roundsabout adding to the silver St Edmund pierced through with arrows at Risbygate Street and the bronze sheaves of wheat at the top of Kings Road.
A team of people worked for two hours installing the massive sculpture and traffic was restricted for 40 minutes on the inner lane at the roundabout.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom coordinator, said: “Evereyone worked so well together. We are very pleased with the result.” Sustainable planting and lighting will be installed in the next few weeks.
Ben will be carrying out workshops with children from Hardwick Primary and Howard Middle schools who have the wolf as part of their logos.
The project is funded through Bennett Homes, Bury Town Council, Our Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council through locality funding from Cllr Sarah Stamp and Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer. Bury in Bloom comes under the umbrella of the Bury Society.