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Stunning sculpture watches over Guildford from House of Fraser roof garden

PUBLISHED: 10:35 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:05 10 June 2016

The statue in situe

The statue in situe

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A mysterious figure has recently been spotted overlooking Guildford town centre from the roof terrace at House of Fraser.

A graceful pose over GuildfordA graceful pose over Guildford

Stretching up high, with her feet surrounded by water, a beautiful steel sculpture of a woman by renowned sculptor Rick Kirby now peers out over the town.

The artist was invited to loan his work to the store by Hannah Peschar, from the gardens of the same name in Ockley.

“Silent Witness ll seemed to be the perfect piece for the roof terrace,” says Hannah, who has featured Rick’s work at her sculpture garden for many years. “Made in mild steel, it is very graceful, and it is incredibly kind of Rick to loan it to the store.

“These gardens are very special, though in fact relatively unknown to the people of Guildford.”

Created by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1958, the roof garden still retains a wonderful 50s feel. Called ‘The ‘Sky Garden’ at the time it was designed, the idea was “to unite heaven and earth; the sensation is one of being poised between the two.”

The graceful Silent Witness ll certainly has an ethereal feel to her.

“This beautiful sculpture adds interest and grace to this lovely space, and it is surely a work of art that would get the seal of approval from Sir Geoffrey,” says current roof terrace gardener, Jo Botibol.

 

• The Jellicoe Roof Garden is on the top floor of House of Fraser, 105-111 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DP and viewable via the café there, The Tea Terrace, during store opening hours. Tel: 0844 800 3730. E-mail: info@teaterrace.co.uk

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