Primordial Soup

Shrewsbury 2009

A celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, this project explored the richness and diversity of evolution through the creation of a series of sculptures inspired by creatures from Earth’s distant past. Youth groups and members of the public were given the opportunity to work with the artist at an open worksite in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park.

Two local secondary schools were also closely involved.

Students learned the techniques of wood sculpture and developed their own designs for beings that might never have existed – or whose time is yet to come. The culmination of the project was the installation of the sculptures in the Shrewsbury’s Dingle Gardens where they remained on display for over two months. The project was part of Shrewsbury’s Shift Time Festival. It was funded by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and Awards for All.

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