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HEW LOCKE

Hew Locke with The Jurors at RunnymedePhoto by Tom D Morgan 2015

The Jurors
2015   Each chair h 123, w 61, d 57cm. Total installation w 373 x l 905cm
Bronze
Public Artwork 

Commissioned by Surrey County Council and The National Trust to mark the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Free to visit at Runnymede, UK.

The Jurors is a permanent artwork designed for this ancient landscape to mark 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta in this place. It is formed of 12 bronze chairs, each decorated with panels of images and symbols relating to past and ongoing struggles for freedom, rule of law and equal rights. The Jurors is not a memorial, but rather an artwork which requires people to complete it.

The chairs awaiting a gathering, discussion or debate of some kind: an open invitation for the audience to sit down on them, to reflect and discuss together the implications of the histories and issues depicted, and to debate the meaning of justice.

The sculpture was launched with a performance of Or In Any Other Way, a specially commissioned dedication by poet Owen Sheers, which you can hear by clicking here, along with film of the artist speaking about the work.

Click here for some background information on each of the 24 panels.

Photos below © Indra Khanna 2015

police officers try out The Jurors by Hew Locke

 

 

 
All images © Hew Locke & DACS unless otherwise indicated