Welcome to Sculpture for Norwich
Sculpture for Norwich is a charitable company founded by members of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and the Norwich Society 'to promote and advance the education of the public in the art of sculpture within the area of greater Norwich'.
The end of the Palace Plain Project
To raise awareness of the benefits of public art Sculpture for Norwich in 2011 began a major project to commission a sculpture by Mariele Neudecker to celebrate the Norwich School of Artists in Palace Plain. Full details can be found on the website under Palace Plain Project with images and description of the original concept of a free-standing structure. Since this was not supported by English Heritage (the statutory government body responsible for advising on listed buildings and conservation areas), the sculptor proposed a series of etched glass panes set into the surface of the Plain. Apart from technical problems with highways and utilities, it became evident after commissioning trial panels that the technology was not sufficiently advanced to achieve the desired visual effect and regrettably the project was cancelled.
However the huge amount of work invested into this project has given the Trustees valuable knowledge and insight into the commissioning process, and it is hoped that a new project can soon be targeted where this can be realised. Most notably it became evident that the lack in Norwich of a formal Council Public Art Policy is not conducive to achieving good public sculpture, and SfN has been invited to work with them on developing such a policy. Neighbouring authorities at Cambridge and Ipswich, for example, have for a number of years had detailed Public Art Policies to good effect.
Although the Palace Plain project was the major initiative last year, other activities included: