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Artist Donates COVID Inspired Sculpture

20 June 2022

A photograph showing the new sculpture in the Lamb Garden, Totnes

A new sculpture symbolising the impact of the Covid pandemic and lockdowns has been unveiled in Totnes' Lamb Garden. 

A sculpture titled 'Locked down world' has been unveiled in Totnes. The Bath stone sculpture symbolises the Covid virus holding the world imprisoned. 

The artwork has been placed on the wall of South Hams Council's' garden near Leechwell Street. It was created by local artist Anne Henriksen, who hopes that the sculpture will act as a reminder of the event that had, and still has, a deep impact on many people.

Anne first started carving the stone sculpture during the first lockdown, as a reminder to not take life, friends and hugs for granted again.

She wanted to donate it to Totnes because of her love for the town. A Swedish native, Anne made Totnes her home thirty years ago when she arrived with her daughter in 1991 and they have lived in, or near, Totnes ever since. Anne trained at Plymouth College of Art and Design and after working as a taxi driver, she is now enjoying her retirement creating sculptures. 

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "Thank you to Anne for taking the time to create this thought-provoking piece of artwork which I'm sure will benefit many people affected by this awful pandemic.

 "It is really important that we take the time to remember the impact that Covid has had on so many people's lives. The artwork in this quiet corner of Totnes will offer residents and visitors a place for peaceful reflection."

Part of the old sheep market, the Lamb Garden was opened on 18 February 2011 by the then MP for Totnes, Dr Sarah Wollaston. The space was transformed by Totnes Trust.

They created raised beds for vegetables and herbs, a forest garden with benches, together with a beautiful pergola and lawn area. Sue Holmes, a member of the Trust, along with some companions, continue to volunteer their time to tend the gardens, even after the end of their formal work there. They do an amazing job, which is appreciated by all who visit this relaxing space.

The space would have been used as a place for Totnes residents to visit during lockdowns for a place to stop, think and just be. Something crucial to the mental health and wellbeing during a difficult time. The addition of the sculpture in this secluded place will help as a reminder of what is important in life. To take time to listen to the birdsong, nature and enjoy family and friends.

Sculptor, Anne Henriksen said: "I wanted to make a piece of work that I could give to Totnes, who welcomed me and my daughter thirty years ago. It was created so that we wouldn't forget this time of Covid and lockdowns, and the effects that it had on us all."

Sue Holmes, volunteer gardener, said: "The garden became a haven, not just for wildlife but also for people seeking a bit of sanctuary during lockdown. This is why I am so pleased that Anne's sculpture to commemorate that time is being placed here."

More of Anne's work can be seen at www.annehenriksensculpture.com.

Go to the Council's Communities page, for lots more information on what you can find in the South Hams.

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