Update: This page has been updated to reflect a change in crowdfunder total which should soon be reduced to £8400. We have realised this is a marathon and not a sprint and next year we are going to bring in a few more people with excellent skills who will help reach the lofty heights needed to make this statue a reality. In the meantime, £8400 is enough to proceed to stage 2 of the production fo the statue and to create a larger model that allows the artist to ensure no unexpected angular or proportional surprises!
Our team consists of determined women who want to bring a beautiful statue of Mary Wollstonecraft to life.
We became aware of the stunning design by artist Martin Jennings online and decided that it was too lovely a tribute to a great woman to miss the oppurtunity of having in England.
Here are his own words about the project:
”Our sculpture represents Mary with the pen and books she used to change the world. She is defiant in the face of opposition, and valiant in her declaration of the words carved in stone at the foot of her sculpture: Till more equality be established in society; till ranks are confounded and women freed.
The statue presents her as a figure of her time, speaking to us today, making her declaration and challenging us to respond. Women have told me how much they look forward to sitting down with their daughters on the bench alongside her and introducing them to her ideas.
I will be collaborating with the sculptor Emma Lavender to realise my design.
By contributing to this Crowdfunder, with however little or much, you will be part of making this monument a reality".
We are in the process of reaching out to councils and places in areas that meant something to Mary to find the right place for this statue to call home.
The first scale model, only a few inches high (see illustration), has already been produced. Creating an intermediate scale model, one-quarter the height of the proposed 2m statue, is essential before any enlargement to full-scale can take place. The model will be unveiled at the press launch of fundraising for the statue itself.
We need £8,400 for this next scale model (including VAT). Should the crowdfunder exceed our target, donations will be retained for the final stage of the project.
* Martin Jennings is a renowned sculptor best known for his statues of John Betjeman at St Pancras Station, Mary Seacole at St Thomas' Hospital, the Women of Steel in Sheffield city centre and George Orwell at BBC Broadcasting House.
If you think you can help in any way with this project, such as with a place for Mary, then do please feel free to contact us at [email protected]