Sculpture appeal to honour most famous son is taking shape

IPSWICH: A sculpture honouring the town’s greatest son will be cast in bronze in the coming months.

The tribute to Thomas Wolsey will be built outside Curson House, opposite Curson Lodge, in Ipswich, on the corner of St Nicholas Street and Silent Street.

The location marks the spot where the famous cardinal proposed to retire.

Last year, Dr John Blatchly, chairman of patrons for the Wolsey artwork project, launched a �100,000 appeal to create a lasting tribute to the Cardinal.

The bronze statue will be made by David Annand, of Fife in Scotland, who was selected from a number of artists from around the world after applications for the prestigious task were sought.

Today, Dr Blatchly revealed that the fundraising was going well and that from October work would be under way to cast the statue at Powderhall Bronze in Edinburgh.

The bronze statue is set to display a seated Wolsey as an enlightened teacher, who was schooled in his birthplace and wished to develop a great school in Ipswich to rival the likes of Eton.

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The artwork will be installed for unveiling on Curson Plain, on Charter Day – June 29, 2011.

Dr Blatchly said that such a commemoration to Wolsey was “long overdue”.

He added: “Our statue will be a celebration of all that is best and most enduring about teaching and learning in Ipswich and Suffolk ever since, and into the future.”

Donations for the statue can be sent to the Thomas Wolsey Artwork Appeal, c/o Fifth Floor, Grafton House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2DE.

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