Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture

The Award is presented annually for a newly commissioned public sculpture, or a high quality, appropriate and sensitive restoration of an existing work and is run in partnership with the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association (PMSA).

The award seeks to promote awareness and dialogue about public sculpture, and celebrates new works that show originality, artistic quality and merit, and a concern for their setting.

Pictured right is "Scallop" by Maggi Hambling, which won the 2005 Award.

The 2013 winner is Philip Jackson for the Bomber Command Memorial

Sculptor Philip Jackson has been awarded for his sculptures of the Bomber Command Aircrew for the Bomber Command Memorial. The Memorial was designed by architect Liam O'Connor and commemorates the nearly fifty-six thousand crew who died while serving in the Bomber Command during the Second World War. It is located in Green Park along Piccadilly.

The bronze 9 foot high sculpture of seven aircrew has been designed by Philip Jackson to look as though the men have just returned from a bombing mission and left their aircraft. It is truly impressive and the scale of the sculpture means that visitors will always see its profile against the sky above them, day and night - thus rendering that section of the sky powerfully symbolic for the memorial.
Aluminium from a Royal Canadian Air Force Handley Page Halifax of 426 Transport Training Squadron, that had crashed in Belgium in May 1944, was used to build the roof of the memorial, which was designed to evoke the structure of the Vickers Wellington.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges from the PMSA. The judges commented that the sculpture “has such presence and draws you in to walk around the piece and admire the detail of the bombers themselves. Every inch of the piece itself seems to create interest.”

Pictured above: The Bomber Command Memorial


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