Extramuros, a Spanish word that literally translated means ‘art outside walls’, was an exposition in 2007 where international artists from Spain, Portugal and Britain were commissioned to create sculpture pieces relating to their local landscape. Ellesmere in Shropshire was chosen as the sole UK venue and all the sculptures were exhibited near the Mere in Cremorne Gardens and the Castlefields area. They then travelled to Portugal and Spain the same year.
Three pieces of the original Extramuros exhibition were made specifically for Ellesmere and in 2008 when the sculptures were returned to the town they were sited at Ellesmere Primary School. In 2012 the three sculptures, Bindweed, Ellesmere Pillar and Ellesmere Chronicle, were returned to Cremorne Gardens to join the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail.
The three pieces are:
Bindweed by Junko Mori and Chris Stokes (sculpture No 4 on Trail Map)
NEWS - February 2012 Sculpture moves to it’s final home
'Ellesmere Pillar' been sited at Ellesmere Primary School since returning back to Shropshire where the pupils have been enjoying this artwork with an international twist. The piece has been moved to its final home in Cremorne Gardens where it will sit with the other sculpture pieces already delighting visitors. Richard worked with children of Ellesmere Primary School when creating this piece, each pupil made a copper letter to form a poem which was included as part of the sculpture.
Extramuros – a Spanish word that literally translated means ‘art outside walls’ was an exposition initiated by Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative in 2008 where international artists were commissioned to create sculpture pieces relating to their local landscape. “It’s all about taking art to places where it can be enjoyed by a much wider and more disparate audience” said Trudi Graham, from Ellesmere Sculpture initiative.
Ellesmere Pillar by Richard Taylor (sculpture No 5 on Trail Map).
The Ellesmere Chronicle by Irene Brown (three part sculpture No 7 on Trail Map)