Artist’s coastal sculpture to be ‘symbol of reflection’

Anthony Padgett with his limestone Praying Shell sculpture.
Anthony Padgett with his limestone Praying Shell sculpture.
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A new public sculpture which will overlook Morecambe Bay will be unveiled at the end of the month.

Artist Anthony Padgett said the “Praying Shell” combined themes from nature with the spiritual heritage of the region to create a “potent symbol of reflection, renewal and environmental integration.”

It is hoped the work, to be unveiled at Red Bank Farm, Bolton-le-Sands, will provide a point of interest and inspiration for walkers along the coastal path.

Anthony, who produced a smaller version of the work ten years ago, said: “The work will provide a point of interest and inspiration for walkers along the coastal path.

“Its symbolism is intended to parallel humanity’s openness to a larger dimension and the way cockle shells open as the tide comes in.”

The one-metre high sculpture will be unveiled by Coun Ron Sands, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, at a “sunset soiree” on November 30.

He received planning permission for the project from councillors in spring and the sculpture was carved out of limestone during the summer.

Anthony’s other work includes the award-winning “Millennium Angel” at Leighton Hall, near Carnforth.

Anyone interested in attending the event is asked to meet at Archers Cafe, Red Bank Farm, to walk to the site for the ceremony, which will take place at 3pm.