Marsh Award for Excellence in the Conservation of a Public Sculpture or Fountain

This Award is run in partnership with the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association (PMSA) which recognises an individual or group responsible for the restoration of a public sculpture for the benefit of the wider public.

The PMSA aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion.

The 2015 winners are Lost Art Ltd and James Mitchell for 'Grand Fountain', Paisley Fountain Gardens

A Grade 1 Listed Structure, the “Walrus Fountain” was produced by The Sun Foundry, and is located in Glasgow. The fountain dates from the earliest days of civic decorative cast iron installations. Besides the feature walruses, there are also crocodiles, cherubs, herons and dolphins. The fountain weighs 42 tons in total and its 8.5 metres high and the same across.
The fountain was donated to the town by the Coates Family and originally installed in 1867. The purchase of the gardens and installation of the decorative features, including the fountain, were intended as a philanthropic gesture that would provide the workers of the town with a breathing space during their leisure time and also gave the more prosperous inhabitants of Paisley a taste of the cosmopolitan gardens found on the continent. The idea of providing for all classes of society had a further intention behind it, in that it was hoped that it would also contribute to social harmony in the town.
James Mitchell and Lost Art Ltd undertook the ‘Interpretation and Restoration’ project, funded by Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renfrewshire Council. Progress on their work was published in Icon magazine and in issue 54, September 2014 (after the restored fountain was unveiled), James Mitchell said, “We learned a great deal from this project; much of which was by experimentation to overcome challenging problems”.

Pictured above: The Grand Fountain after its restoration


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