New temporary sculpture 'This Too Will Pass' installed on Salisbury's high street

People are being encouraged to come along to Salisbury’s High Street this coming weekend to chalk their messages on a new, temporary artwork installed in the city centre.

Salisbury BID, with funding from Arts Council England, has commissioned artist Tim Scrace to create the new, temporary artwork entitled ‘This Too Will Pass’. The installation celebrates the themes of movement and reflection and incorporates hand-selected stones from Salisbury Cathedral’s works yard.

Tim and his team are collaborating with students from Wiltshire College to encourage the public to interact with the work and respond to the questions using chalk.

High Street businesses have this week reacted to the artwork, which was installed last week and completed on Friday 21st May.

Ebony Paz of Sonder Coffee said: “Seeing the finished artwork was a lovely surprise, with all the mirrors and the use of black panels. It feels like it even matches our branding! I’ve been watching people’s expressions as they read the messages left on the artwork and I’ve read some of the messages myself, from the funny to the inspirational to the truly random. It’s cool.”

Alex Nettle of Wafflemeister said: “It’s definitely drawing a crowd. We’ve been open and serving takeaway since January, and the local support has been incredible, but Saturday was the busiest day we’ve had for coffee and brunch by far. It’s great to have a focal point on the High Street. And someone wrote that they could smell waffles baking, which was fun.”

Artist Tim Scrace said: “It was amazing to see the sculpture come to life at the weekend.  Most people who passed by were keen to put something on the wall.  From the emotional to the colourful everyone enjoyed the opportunity of reflecting on the past, the present and the future.  I was overwhelmed and excited by so many great stories and ideas.”

The artwork will remain in place throughout the summer. The installation is part of Salisbury BID’s ongoing support for local businesses, particularly as they reopen after three months of lockdown, supporting a vibrant city centre that attracts both residents and visitors to Salisbury’s independent businesses and hospitality venues.

The competition-wining multi-form structure is made from contrasting materials including polished stainless steel, recycled paper and local Chilmark stone. The sculpture is in three parts and encourages people to move between the inter-related parts inviting them to stop and reflect. What do we want to remember from the past? Where are we currently, in body and mind?  What do we wish to change for the future?

Salisbury BID originally commissioned the sculpture as part of City on the Move, the 800th anniversary celebrations of Salisbury Cathedral last year, but installation was delayed by the closure of non-essential businesses during the pandemic.

The sculpture is funded by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Funding Grant.

Robin McGowan of Salisbury BID said: “We’re delighted with Tim’s imaginative design for Salisbury’s High Street and look forward to seeing residents and visitors engaging with the sculpture as they come into the city for shopping, eating and drinking, with many of our businesses reopening following the recent lockdowns.”

The following people and organisations helped bring the sculpture to life: 

Salisbury Cathedral Works Yard, Salisbury Joinery, Wiltshire Creative, Deborah Fox, James Gough, RDF Lighting, Richlite, Stormboard, RNC Fabrications, Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, Design Pit, Signs Express.

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