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Help design obelisk for Covid memorial gardens in Harlow

Communities / Sat 12th Sep 2020 at 08:48am

ASPIRING artists, school children, retired people and creative folk are being given a chance to have their artwork engraved on new memorials around the country.

Designs are being invited to appear on the stone centre-piece obelisks of new Covid-19 memorial gardens.

Permanent memorials will be built in 30 gardens across the UK including Woollensbrook in Hertfordshire, Parndon Wood, near Harlow and Basildon in Essex .

The memorial gardens will be a tranquil place for people to visit and remember loved ones who died, and pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much to help others.

Westerleigh Group, who run the crematoria, have launched a competition to create a suitable design to be etched onto the stone obelisk.

The polished black granite monument will be the focal point of each memorial garden, set in a rainbow-coloured floral bed of begonias, petunias and geraniums. 

The winning designs will be individually carved by Westerleigh’s highly-skilled stonemasons.

Each obelisk will include an inscription which reads:

“This memorial has been placed to remember and recognise the lives and efforts of all affected by the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.”

Westerleigh is hoping to find seven designs to be etched onto the stone alongside the inscription, for use in different regions of the country.

The creator of the winning design for each region will have a plaque with their name on attached to the memorial.

Regional manager Astrud Matanle said:

“Our sites have close links to their local communities and are places where people go to say goodbye to their loved ones and reflect on life.

“Everyone has been affected by the pandemic this year and we wanted to create permanent and lasting memorials in each of those communities. We wanted to enable people to get involved and help us with the design.”

The competition is open to anyone and everyone, whether you’re an artist or not, and no matter what age you are.

The design can be full-colour but needs to be simple enough so that it can be carved onto stone.

Astrud said:

“We expect rainbows to feature in some of the designs, but it really is a blank canvas. It might be that people choose to incorporate local landmarks into the design, to reflect their own region. It really is entirely up to them.”

Designs should be no bigger than A4 in size and must be submitted by Saturday, October 31.

After the closing date, a shortlist of final entries for each region will be drawn up and winners will be chosen.

Work is expected to start on the stone memorials later this year, with garden landscaping taking place in early spring 2021, before opening shortly afterwards.

Entries can be emailed to [email protected]  or posted to Design Competition, Westerleigh Group, Chapel View, Westerleigh Road, Bristol BS37 8QP.

Entrants should include their name, address and a telephone number so that they can easily be contacted if their design is chosen.

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