In less than a month, world-renowned Dutch artist, Remy Hoggard, will collaborate with her Beverley-born husband and artist, Paul Hoggard, to mould and create a giant Magna Carta-themed sand sculpture at Lincoln Castle as part of Festival800.
Ahead of the commencement of work, an artistic rendering of the sculpture, which will stand 4 metres tall and spread 9 metres wide, has been unveiled. The image depicts an intricate drawing of King John and the Barons as Magna Carta is about to be sealed, which will be recreated in 3D using just sand, water and a few simple tools.
Remy and Paul, the duo sculpting the masterpiece, will start creating the sand sculpture on Friday 14th August and predict that it will take two weeks to complete.
Speaking about the process of the project, Remy Hoggard said: “With sand and water, we can make very detailed two or three dimensional works, as well as large sculptures, in a relatively short amount of time. It’s a great honor to be invited to Lincoln in this special year, and with Paul almost a local lad… We will make something very special for Lincoln; and wait til you see what we are creating for the back of the sculpture!’
With more than 30 years of combined sand sculpture experience, Remy and Paul have dedicated their lives to the craft, sculpting on beaches all over the world.
Paul added: “Through the physical work of moving and compacting 100 tonnes of sand, we give of ourselves through sweat, blood and, sometimes, tears onto the sand. This is probably one of our most adventurous project, in terms of size and scale. We’re thrilled to be involved with Festival800 and can’t waited to start sculpting!”
David Lambert, festival director, said: “Just like the sculpture, Festival800 is a huge statement being made by the artists and everyone else involved. So far, the celebrations for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary have been truly memorable; Festival 800 aims to commemorate the document in a different way – focusing on its current relevance and its impact on England, and the world, since its creation.
“We see Remy and Paul’s sculpture being a focal point of Festival800, acting as a monumental representation of the scale upon which Magna Carta has effected people across the globe, and can’t wait to see the finished product. And right in front of the original charter!’
Festival800 is organised by cultural solutions UK on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The event will offer ten days of live music, comedy, spoken word, street theatre, lectures and debate. Unlike previous celebrations of Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, Festival800 will focus on how the document’s powers of liberty, justice and freedom of speech have shaped today’s society.
The full Festival800 programme will be announced shortly, but in the meantime, further information can be found at www.festival800.co.uk, facebook.com/festival800 and twitter.com/festival800.