Battle of Barnet Monument and Garden

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Battle of Barnet Monument and Garden

Battle of Barnet Monument and Garden

Barnet Arts By Barnet Arts

Erect a sculpture of a knight on horseback in an under-used public space where the local community can reflect on the Battle of Barnet and other wars, their impact and history in a peaceful garden

Barnet Fundraising stage

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backers
£1,505
pledged of £59,547
84
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £59,547 by 17 Dec 2018

The Monument to the Battle of Barnet will be created by casting and siting a bronze sculpture, called Pyrrhic Victory depicting a knight on horseback, in an underused green space in Whetstone, in the Borough of Barnet. The sculpture with its stone plinth will be 2 metres high. It is a work by local sculptor John Somerville who continues to work despite his disability. The green space would be landscaped and planted up around the sculpture and seating provided. Apart from being a place of reflection on the impact and sadness of war, it could also be a place for the local community, especially young people and visitors, to learn about the history of the Barnet area and its heritage. Information plaques about the Battle would be displayed. The Battle of Barnet was a key engagement in the Wars of the Roses and an important moment in England's history. This monument and garden would also serve to commemorate all local people affected by all wars both before and since.

What we'll deliver:

  • Cast and erect a 2 metre bronze sculpture of a knight on horseback
  • Site the sculpture on a stone plinth in an under-used green space in Whetstone
  • Design and plant up the space around the sculpture and provide additional seating
  • Erect historical plaques setting out the story of the Battle of Barnet
  • A place for people to learn more about their local heritage
  • An improved space for the local community to enjoy and use as a place of peace and reflection

Why it's a great idea:

In the centenary of the "war to end all wars", it seems fitting to create a lasting memorial to the Battle of Barnet and wars in general. This bronze sculpture called Pyrrhic Victory captures the poignancy and sadness of war, where even in victory there is loss. Although wars often need to be fought, many times there are no real winners. It is a striking piece of art by local sculptor, John Somerville, commemorating and celebrating this important historical event. It is inspiring to see him still working despite his disability. Its installation will create a focal point to celebrate both local art and local history. It would improve a neglected green space and give it a focus. The monument and garden would provide a quiet place for the local community, especially young people, and visitors to learn about its history and heritage. Local schools will be encouraged and invited to use it for Battle of Barnet projects. It could become a place for local celebrations .

Steps to get it done:

  • Sculpture will be scaled up by John Somerville and the foundry authorised to cast it.
  • The site will be prepared / foundations / paving to take the sculpture
  • Authorise stone work to be produced for the base of the sculpture
  • Purchase shrubs and plants for the landscaping
  • Authorise the production of the historical and commemorative plaques

Local sculptor John Somerville was disabled by a stroke a number of years ago. He continues to work despite this and received The Stroke Association's Award for Creative Arts in 2016, which can be viewed on YouTube under 'John Somerville award'. His most famous local work is his life-size bronze of Spike Milligan sitting on a bench, which is now in the grounds of Stephens House in Finchley. The Maquette of Pyrrhic Victory was exhibited at the Royal Academy, where John is a regular exhibitor.

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Location Barnet

Barnet has 113 other projects and £1,345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

The proposed site is an under-used and generally unloved green space along the High Road in Whetstone N20. It is surrounded on 1 side by a storage depot, the High Road on another, residential flats on a third and allotments on the 4th.

Council

London Borough of Barnet

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How will the money be spent?Total £59,547

Casting sculpture in bronze from Milwyn Foundry - £26,400 (44%)
Building stone plinth and granite cladding from Euromarble - £9,360 (16%)
Upscaling sculpture materials and labour by John Somerville - £8,000 (13%)
Producing mould for the foundry by John Somerville - £4,500 (8%)
Design fees, flyers, banners - various suppliers - £2,000 (3%)
Plants and shrubs - Finchley Nurseries - £2,000 (3%)
Benches and gravel - £1,500 (3%)
Other - £5,787 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

44%
Casting sculpture in bronze from Milwyn Foundry
£26,400
16%
Building stone plinth and granite cladding from Euromarble
£9,360
13%
Upscaling sculpture materials and labour by John Somerville
£8,000
8%
Producing mould for the foundry by John Somerville
£4,500
3%
Design fees, flyers, banners - various suppliers
£2,000
3%
Plants and shrubs - Finchley Nurseries
£2,000
3%
Benches and gravel
£1,500
10%
Other
£5,787
  • Spacehive fees
    £2,688
  • Transaction Fees
    £2,561
  • VAT
    £538

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: Pave area around the sculpture instead of using gravel More benches Larger shrubs for faster impact

Total £59,547

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  • Architect or surveyor to help with layout drawings of the installation Builder to produce the concrete base. Volunteer gardeners

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