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Hopkins Homes

Public sculpture

Background

The developers of the Rosary Road site in Norwich, Hopkins Homes, commissioned NUA to create a commemorative sculpture.

Brief

Create and install a sculpture to celebrate and commemorate the history of the site of a new housing development in Norfolk. The sculpture needs to be a striking, long-lasting feature of the site, celebrating Norwich City Football Club’s former occupation of the site whilst considering how the site has been developed to look today.

Solution

Liz Mannion’s winning proposal is an exciting addition to the city’s sculptural landscape and stands 5m high with a 1.5m wide base. The base also functions as a circular seat, providing a place for rest and reflection. Constructed of stainless steel with a specialist concrete base, NUA worked closely with skilled craftsmen to realise the piece. Superbly fitting and sympathetic to the site, the vertical steel components were positioned to frame the view of the Cathedral behind the sculpture. The textured surface of the base portrays the ‘nest’ element and the wooden seat is a reminder of the old wooden stadium. The football in the top corner of ‘the goal’ represents the heights of achievement of Norwich City Football Club during their occupation of the site and in recent times.

Client Quote

The standard was incredibly high and all the finalists would have been worthy winners and have made an exciting contribution to the city’s public art.

James Hopkins
Executive Chairman, Hopkins Homes

Football sculpture

The Goal

The standard was incredibly high.

James Hopkins
Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes