Sculptures and Labyrinth 2020

Two sculptures and a Labyrinth have recently been added to the trail in Cremorne Gardens. 'The Sisters' * by Nick Eames, 'Refuge' * by John Merrill and the Labyrinth by Sculpturelogic and Orchardfield * have been created as part of the 'Children Displaced by Conflict' project which commemorates the founding of the Save the Children Fund in 1919 by Ellesmere born sisters, Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton.

"Every war is a war against children!" - Eglantyne Jebb 1919

This Heritage Lottery and Arts Council funded project began in 2018 with a series of school and community inspirational workshops. A team of volunteers were recruited and a number of local organisations became partners in the project. The high level of community engagement helped to raise awareness of the significant achievements of these two local women whose legacy lives on.

Special from ESI for REFUGEE WEEK, June 15th-21st: From our 'Children Displaced by Conflict' project, we feature below Dame Stephanie Shirley's speech about her traumatic experience as a child refugee from Nazi Europe in 1939.

Click Here to read - Dame Stephanie Shirley's Speech

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The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail has been developed over the past 10 years. It is made up of sculptures set in the unique and beautiful landscape of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. The pieces are created by international contemporary artists, commissioned by the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative (ESi), and are made specifically in response to the location.

For each phase of the trail pieces were made using local stone and wood, wherever possible, to reflect the history and heritage of the landscape around Ellesmere.

Sculpture, a three dimensional art form sits well in outdoor locations, especially where there are contrasting shapes and textures in the landscape. With its particular form and material, an individual sculpture can complement or contrast with its location. Sculpture in the landscape can change the experience of a familiar setting, give a little known area of natural beauty a wider profile and bring art to a new audience.

The trail provides visitors with a free and gentle tour of Ellesmere (largely accessible by wheelchair and pushchair) taking in the uniquely attractive settings of the Mere, the historic Castlefields and canal.

See the Trail Map page for details of where to find the sculptures.

The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail is made up of sculptures set in the unique and beautiful landscape of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. The pieces are created by international contemporary artists, commissioned by the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative (ESi), and are made specifically in response to the location.

As seen in the publication

'Sculpture Parks and Trails

of Britain and Ireland'

2nd edition

ISBN 978-1-4081-6475-4

For each phase of the trail pieces are made using local materials and reflect the history and heritage of the landscape around Ellesmere. These sculptures are then added to the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail.

The trail provides visitors with a free and gentle tour of Ellesmere (mostly accessible by wheelchair and pushchair) taking in the uniquely attractive settings of the mere, the historic castle fields and canal.

See the Trail Map page for details of where to find the sculptures.