A true work of art

16th September 2021

Residents and locals in Harlow celebrated over the weekend as a beautiful new art sculpture was unveiled at Tilia’ Homes Ram Gorse Park development.

A true work of art

The stunning sculpture is the town’s 104th piece of public art and marks a newly created entrance into the churchyard of the Grade II listed St Mary’s Church from the new development.

Since the 1950s when the New Town of Harlow was originally developed, lead architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd wanted it to be a place where people could enjoy great art on every corner. Gibberd founded Harlow Art Trust in 1953 which still owns many of the sculptures that can be found in shopping centres, parks and developments around the town.

As part of the development of Ram Gorse Park, Tilia Homes ran a competition with the Harlow Arts Trust and St Marys Church and invited expressions of interest from a number of artists. The winning design was from London artist, David Murphy.

The artist brief was to reinterpret the archetype of the traditional wrought iron overthrow – a structure with a central light bridging a gateway. The final work, which has been called ‘Day starts with morning’ stands at 11 feet tall and is made of Corten steel.