Four brick relief sculptures by artists Rodney Harris and Valda Jackson have been awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture by The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.
The awards seek to acknowledge and commend excellence, increase awareness and discussion of public sculpture and celebrate new work that demonstrates originality, aesthetic quality and sensitivity to its site.
The sculptures at St John’s Hill were designed in collaboration with architects Hawkins\Brown, residents and the local community, and have been incorporated into the new buildings. They include a porter’s uniform and the clothing children wore in the early days of the estate, and represent the memories, histories and occupations of residents past and present.
Commenting on the awards win, Rodney Harris said:
It really is such an honour to receive this award in recognition of our work and creative process. I hope these artworks become a valued addition to the rich heritage of public sculpture in London.
Angela Epps, Development Director at Peabody said:
The art works at St John’s Hill celebrate the past amongst the new, and will help to create a sense of belonging for future generations to come. We are very proud to see them recognised by these awards.
Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing at Wandsworth Council said:
Art and culture are a key part of the council’s vision for regeneration in Wandsworth. The St John’s Hill residents, along with Rodney Harris, Valda Jackson, and Peabody, are to be congratulated for their award-winning sculptures which celebrate the area’s local history.
About St John’s Hill
The regeneration of St John’s Hill brings to life Peabody’s vision for exemplar communities in the 21st century by creating high-quality affordable homes, great open spaces and facilities as part of the wider community. The award-winning first phase (153 homes) was completed in April 2016 and Peabody is now working on plans for the next two phases.