the english pair

As I wandered through ‘village’ Oxford with Elly during the summer, I passed by some people at the rear of the Turrill Gardens in Summertown.  They were helping load a garden sculpture onto a trailer after an exhibition…….the ‘English Pair’ by Sioban Coppinger.

It caught my eye immediately as it was such a stunning fit for the garden, a 2 metre high piece of art – a sculpture of bronze leaves made in the form of male and female faces .  What was so intriguing for me, is that this part of the city is often known as leafy north Oxford. What a fit.

 I’ve always thought that North Parade Avenue should have a landmark to attract more attention, customers and visitors alike – and I mentioned this to Sioban, who was thrilled to come along to the town garden to learn more.

Last week, Sioban arrived at the store, complete with the English Pair, and it now sits proudly in the conservatory on display.

I’m hoping it attracts a lot of interest (and maybe a buyer!) – and local traders and residents may also see the potential of having a landmark sculpture at the entrance to North Parade Avenue from Banbury Road.

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