New artwork by controversial ‘Shelley Fountain’ creator set to go on show in Sussex

The sculpture Aquapoise by Angela Conner SUS-160414-133832001

The sculpture Aquapoise by Angela Conner SUS-160414-133832001

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A new sculpture by an artist whose work in Horsham town centre has proved hugely controversial is to go on display in Sussex.

The new work by international sculptor Angela Conner - designer of Horsham’s infamous Shelley Fountain - is set to be officially unveiled at the historic Borde Hill gardens, near Haywards Heath.

The Shelley Fountain, more formally known as The Rising Universe, has provoked heated debates for years over its future after frequently breaking down and proposals for it to be scrapped were revealed this week.

It was originally erected in the Bishopric to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Warnham-born poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Artist Angela Conner said in a previous interview with the County Times when asked about criticism of the sculpture: “Have you ever heard of a piece of music or poetry that’s been loved 100 per cent?

“Architecture is the same. Some people rave over it and some people say it’s an eyesore.”

Angela’s new sculpture is called Aquapoise and will be among works unveiled at Borde Hill Garden’s 17th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition from May 1 - September 30.

Angela’s creation will be a permanent feature at the gardens and is sited in a formal lily pool at Borde Hill’s Italian Garden.

She said of her new work: “Aquapoise visibly and clearly demonstrates balance. For me, this is reflected again and again in the balance of nature, which surrounds you when you walk through the garden.

“My work is always about using natural forces - in this case the collection and discharge of water - and the force of gravity.

“I always want the movement of my sculpture to be easily understood by anybody who views it, rather than using some complicated, computerised mechanics.”

The 2016 Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden will include works from a number of artists, as well as Angela Conner, and will be opened by Baroness Wheatcroft on April 28.

It is being hailed as a ‘notable celebration of art and sculpture’ showcasing works by both established and up-and-coming artists. The artists’ works will be strategically placed around the gardens.

The Stephenson Clarke family, who have lived at Borde Hill for four generations, say: ‘We are delighted to continue this successful annual cultural event with the 17th Sculpture Exhibition.

“We hope that new and exciting artworks will entice and delight our visitors.”