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Life-size seal sculpture installed on Berwick riverbank

Jun 15, 2022

Life-size seal sculpture installed on Berwick riverbank The seal, which doubles up as a seat, was installed in memory of a much-loved member of Friends of Castle Parks, Jean Watts 08:00, 15 JUN 2022 Sign up for free to get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox Something went wrong, please try again later.Invalid Email Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribing!We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A life-size sculpture of a seal has been installed on the riverbank of Berwick-upon-Tweed, in memory of a much-loved member of Friends of Castle Parks. The wooden seal sculpture, which can be used as a seat, was commissioned by Friends of Castle Parks to pay tribute to Jean Watts, a staunch supporter of the group and gave up much of her time to volunteering at Castle Vale and Coronation Parks alongside her husband, Peter. Crafted by wood sculptor David Gross, and a team of volunteers and learners at Tyne Housing, the seat was formed out of a single piece of storm-felled oak. It is engraved with a lyric from the Selkie-boy song: "Go now selkie-boy, swim far from the shore, Rinse your ears clean of human chatter." Peter Watts, husband of the late Jean Watts, said: "The seal has been wonderfully well received. People love the eyes and constantly use the seat. I still get stopped in the street by strangers singing its praises. Thank you to all involved." Jackie Kains Lang, chair of Friends of Castle Parks Berwick , said: "It is marvellous when families, communities and artists come together – any resulting work is almost always more than the sum of its parts. That’s certainly true of the seal which fits in perfectly with other sculptures created by David Gross for Friends of Castle Parks and has a majesty of its own. Peter Watts, husband of Jean Watts who the bench has been placed in honour of (Image: Friends of Castle Parks) "Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. One person told me they find it difficult to leave the bench because it’s both comforting and moving. It is truly a thing of beauty and a very fitting memorial to Jean Watts, who contributed so much to our group during her life." The Tyne Housing wood workshop in Byker , where the seal was crafted, runs weekly sessions to offer its residents who live within supported accommodation the opportunity to work on community projects and aims to develop their confidence and skills whilst working as a team within a creative setting. David Gross worked closely with residents to design, sculpt and install the seal earlier this year. David Gross, wood sculptor with the creation (Image: Friends of Castle Parks) He said: "The experience of working on a project like this, seeing it installed in a public place, and being well received by the local community, is invaluable for our residents and visitors. Creativity has always been a key focus at Tyne, and our wood workshop is just one of the ways we support residents to get creative and develop their skills in a hands-on practical environment." Do you have any unique sculptures where you live? Let us know! Read next

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David Gross has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in JUST Goods as part of their Angel on October 10, 2017.

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10/2/2017

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$2.01M

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10/2/2017

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JUST Goods

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$2.01M

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