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Unity and friendship come to Peckham as new wooden sculpture is unveiled

Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Peckham Sculpture

Over the past few months, many have speculated about a sculpture slowly taking form in Peckham Rye Park. Residents wondered what exactly the piece would be and who was behind it all.

At long last and to great fanfare, all was revealed this weekend. The plastic coverings were uncovered to reveal a striking art piece created by local artist Morganico and funded by Southwark Council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer Fund.

The piece, sculpted from a damaged tree, is based on the notion of unity and friendship – feelings Morganico felt were rooted in the local area. Despite challenging weather conditions at times, Morganico dedicated his time to creating something the community would be proud of.

Morganico said: "I have loved the opportunity to create something new and dynamic in my local area. The public reaction to it had been overwhelmingly positive and appreciative and I'm so glad I had the great opportunity to carve such a great piece of wood in such a good location."

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, said: "The wonderful art piece is a fantastic addition to Peckham, an area well known for its art and cultural offering. Morganico has put the council's cleaner, greener, safer funding to great use and has successfully created something both bold and unique but which also brings the community together in a delightful way."

The project was awarded £2,500 in last year's round of Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund, the council's funding stream for local projects that help enrich the environment.

For more information on the Cleaner Greener Safer programme go to www.2.southwark.gov.uk/cleanergreenersafer/

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