‘GUILDFORD ORORD or GOLDEN FORD’
Chosen as one of the four final designs from over 60 artists nationwide this sculpture is a model showing just a few of the buildings, people and places of Guildford from the time it was known as ‘Guilden Ford’, so named due to the masses of golden flowers growing along the golden banks of the river. The finished design would include portraits of many well-known people who have lived in Guildford over the years and also many more buildings and landmarks: The Zeppelin attack in WW1, The Picture Palace, Friar Brewery, the Saxon Church of St Mary’s, people such as Elizabeth Frink, Lewis Caroll, Edwin Carpenter, E.H.Shepherd, George Abbot, Alan Turning are just a few that spring to mind, but the idea was to include the residents of Guildford in suggesting places and people from the past.
The shape of the sculpture follows the curving flow of the river as it wends through Guildford, which is built on a hill, and the sculpture base represents the golden sandy banks. Different buildings of the town, past and present, are depicted on either side, with the top buildings sharing silhouettes. However, the buildings and areas of interest are not necessarily placed as seen in Guildford, rather they are shown as part of the overall design to make finding and recognising the buildings more interesting for the viewer.
Although this design was chosen as the most comprehensive response to the brief, the selection committee felt that the position of the sculpture, along Woodbridge Meadows, was not a suitable place. They felt the sculpture would be best placed in the centre of town where it could be viewed by the public, including visitors and schools.
I have spent quite a long time researching this project and have already learnt a great deal about Guildford that I knew nothing about. I am very enthusiastic about this project. As Guildford is re-designed I feel that it could be a wonderful ‘memory piece’ and also a useful tool for use with schools.
Unfortunately, funding would have to be found if this design is to be realised.