Earlier in 2021, we commissioned artists Simone Tchonova and Matthijs la Roi to progress a new public artwork at Marks & Spencer in Bligh’s Sevenoaks. Their ‘Seven Oaks of Sevenoaks’ sculpture would represent the oaks on Sevenoaks Vine, of which many were destroyed in the great storm of 1987 and then replanted.
Unfortunately, due to Matthijs and Simone’s involvement in other international projects, the artists have stepped down from the commission due to these work commitments.
Cllr Roderick Hogarth, Commissioner for the Public Realm said “This was an extremely difficult decision for the artists to make. Matthijs and Simone are exceptional artists and I hope we get to work with them again on another project in the District.”
“However, the commission will continue. The Public Realm Commission is in discussion with the other shortlisted artist, Oliver Barratt, to progress ‘Three and Four’, a bronze statue inspired by coppice trees and hop vines that once grew locally.”
Public Realm Commission
Our Public Realm Commission works in an advisory role to improve open, public spaces in the District.
The commission is made up of 10 volunteers and their role is to:
- Understand current public spaces across the District and what purpose or uses they serve
- Ensure new developments have been considered, designed and planned with the public realm in mind
- Understand what makes good public space
- Identify funding opportunities to enable the delivery of an annual public realm programme
- Ensure public art celebrates the particular story of a place and engages with the community in its making.
- Submit an annual report describing the activities of the previous year.