David relaxes and goes conkers
Sculptor David Lloyd from Carmarthan, mid Wales, took his inspiration from the Conker, the fruit of the Horse Chestnut, and created a work which resembled an opened shell with the Conker inside. Appropriately, the wood he used came from a Horse Chestnut tree which had grown and been felled in the Cremorne Gardens.
David worked the wood to expose the grain and especially the knots of branches which he used for the 'spikes' of the fruit and also for the Conker. The outer surface of the sculpture was scorched black for contrast and to help preserve it. The sculpture rested on the Chestnut stump to form an interesting seat to look out across the Mere.
This piece was the third in the series of sculptures for this part of the sculpture trail. It was commissioned by Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative with the help from the Shropshire Council's Mere Park managers.
David worked on the sculpture in the vicinity of the Cremorne Gardens at the end of November and the beginning of December 2011. Over the next five years the sculpture rotted into the surrounding ground and is now no longer visible.
Sculpture No.17 on Trail Map
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