Eaton & Cringleford

Eaton Park welcomes celebrated sculptures

Just Regional
Jul 1, 2024 2 mins read

Some famous urban dwellers have swapped their Norwich city centre setting for a new home in the lush green oasis that is Eaton Park.

The celebrated Homage to Thomas Browne sculptures, including the iconic brain, have been lifted into place and are already providing a major talking point in  the community.

ART IN THE PARK: Work continues to give the Thomas Browne sculptures the ideal home. Photo: NORWICH CITY COUNCIL

Connecting walkways have been laid, while grassed areas are now being seeded to grow through the summer.

Helen Mitchell, chair of Friends of Eaton Park, is looking forward to the works of art being given a new lease of life in their local setting.

Prior to their arrival, she said: “I’m delighted the Thomas Browne sculptures are coming to Eaton Park. It’s a mysterious, fascinating and utterly original work.”

The sculptures’ new home in Eaton Park has long been looking for a use. Two crescent-shaped grassy mounds and a small woodland frame the area where they sit. “In this beautiful new green setting the work will really be able to shine and new interpretation panels will unlock the ideas behind it. We’re already thinking about ways to link into it and into the amazing world of Thomas Browne. We share his passion for meadows so this will be top of our agenda,” said Helen.

When looking for a new home for the sculptures, the city council prioritised finding a location where the artwork’s significance could be appreciated.

 

The Homage to Thomas Browne sculptures consist of 20 pieces, including a brain and a large eye.

While the large statue of Thomas Browne himself has been placed in a more prominent position on Hay Hill in the redesigned lay-out, public consultation showed that the Homage sculptures, which were installed in 2007, would need to be relocated to meet the aims for the transformation of the city centre site. Eaton Park is already a stop on the Norwich Art Path – an art trail between the UEA Campus and the city centre.

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