Glass artwork is unveiled at crematorium

Witham East Neighbourhood Action Group admire the creation. Back row: Ernie Napier, Neville Dodd, chairman Rodney Bowles, Maurice Tomkins. Front row: Shirley Riggall, Gladys Horton, secretary Shirley Richardson, treasurer Michael Horton and Mary Wright
Witham East Neighbourhood Action Group admire the creation. Back row: Ernie Napier, Neville Dodd, chairman Rodney Bowles, Maurice Tomkins. Front row: Shirley Riggall, Gladys Horton, secretary Shirley Richardson, treasurer Michael Horton and Mary Wright

Artwork in the form of a glass water feature commissioned by Transported Arts has been unveiled at Boston Crematorium.

The installation was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Boston, Coun Richard Austin, and Mary Wright, a member of the Witham East Neighbourhood Action Group.

As part of Transported’s ‘On Your Doorstep’ scheme, the area in front of the crematorium was nominated for some artwork by the neighbourhood group.

Glass artist Alex Blakey, of Alx Creations, was selected to produce a piece called Eternal Memories.

There were consultations and workshop events both publicly and in schools to allow locals and those who visit the site the opportunity to become involved – exploring the themes of memories and loss, as well as Boston itself.

The aim of the piece is to provide a space for reflection, contemplation and grieving.

The work will allow visitors to the crematorium to gain a glimpse into the lives of other local people and reflect upon their own memories.

Transported’s programme director Nick Jones said: “We were delighted at how the artist Alex Blakey has managed to reflect Boston’s character as well as create a beautiful and delicate sculpture that fits into such a sensitive setting.”

He added: “This glass water feature is a fantastic addition to our public art collection and a great example of how people can commission innovative works and contribute to the design process. We hope it will be enjoyed for years to come.”