Sculpture unveiled in St George’s Street as part of renovations to Casson Block
A sculpture entitled Intersection has been installed in the small open air space between Manow Thai restaurant and the rear of the Hampshire Chronicle offices on St George's Street in Winchester – also known as the Casson Block.
This new piece of public art –commissioned from sculptor Holger C. Lönze – contributes to the public realm renovations recently completed on Casson Block. Redevelopment of the block was carried out to create a more welcoming atmosphere, enhance its appeal to customers, and effect general improvements to the cityscape. Installation of the sculpture represents a new focal point for the refurbished building frontage.
Lönze’s bronze and steel sculpture has been designed to create a link between the 1960s block and the architecture of Winchester cathedral, which was once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman power. As its name suggests, the sculpture represents the intersection between the cathedral’s flying buttress and Casson’s post-and-beam structure. The design benefitted from feedback from residents collected over a number of workshops held last year, and the finished work features contrasting metallic materials, the sculpture combines repoussé sheet bronze – an ancient technique of shaping metal by hammering it from the reverse side – with flat, polished stainless steel. It also references ripples of water in the texture of the panels, as it stands adjacent to Upper Brook which formed part of the Roman drainage system of the River Itchen.
Portfolio holder for Economy and Arts, Cllr Rob Humby said:
This piece of public art is a welcome addition to the city; Holger C.Lonze has done a fantastic job. The work we have done shows our commitment to the independent businesses in Winchester, especially those not featured on the High Street. The Casson Block enhancement scheme together with this new focal point has improved the public realm and the visitor experience along St George’s Street.