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Grosvenor Park

Philip Bews Diane Gorvin
Sculpture for public sites


Ymir - Source of the World

Garden for Blind People, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Commissioned by Cheshire County Council and The Chester Civic Trust and part funded by Chester City Council and Manweb Plc


Ymir is a tactile sculpture carved from a block of Portland stone, height 95cms.

The title comes from a Nordic creation myth. Ymir is shown emerging from the ground and is sited in a raised flower bed, so he is easily accessible. There are many details which can be revealed through touch as well as sight, several in Ymir's hair. The light stone contrasts well with the dark shady garden, and makes it visible.

The design of the carving was influenced by the comments of a group of blind and partially sighted people who were able to feel a range of sculpture during a day spent with Phil and Diane at Norton Priory Museum and other sites. They also commentated on the maquettte and influenced the design further.

© Diane Gorvin Philip Bews 2013