Sculpture of calf unveiled in Chippenham
A lifesize calf sculpture was unveiled in Chippenham on Saturday by BBC Points West presenter Amanda Parr.
Chippenham Civic Society commissioned Calne sculptor Richard Cowdy to create the bronze sculpture to be placed at the High Street entrance to Borough Parade shopping centre, where the town’s cattle market was once located.
The calf is free standing with a concealed plinth, to give the impression of an animal wandering along the pavement.
Originally in Market Place, the cattle market moved to the area next to the Neeld Hall in 1910, where it stayed until 1954 when it moved to Cocklebury Road until its closure in 2005.
Chippenham Civic Society treasurer Roger Backway said: "Until now there has been no public work of art that recognises this important part of the history of the town, and Chippenham Civic Society was been keen to rectify this.
“This is our largest project since the return of the Buttercross to Chippenham and we are sure it will be a success with the public.
“It is designed to be readily accessible and meaningful to all ages, educational and fun. It will add to the attractiveness of the town centre and promote pride and interest in the town. We are very grateful to all who have contributed their time and financial support to the project."
Financial support for the sculpture was given by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity and Borough Parade owners Mountgrange LLP.
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