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Kyneburgh Tower

Yampimon

Joined August 2010

Artist's Description

Artist Tom Price was commissioned to create two permanent public artworks for Kimbrose Square in Gloucester city centre UK
This photograph was taken from inside one of them, Kyneburgh Tower , looking up.

Mr Price created the centrepiece for the square in the form of a 16 metre high tower and a 30 metres long wall, called the Kyneburgh Tower and Wall.

The artworks are inspired by St Kyneburgh who, according to Medieval legned, was a Saxon princess who ran away from an arranged marriage. She fled to Gloucester, intent on serving God. In Gloucester she was adopted by a baker whose wife then killed her out of jealousy. St Kyneburgh’s body was thrown down a well, which beceame knowsn as St Kyneburgh’s Fountain, today famous for its supposed healing powers.

Price’s tower is made of steels and appears to move up and down when viewed from a distance. The open-slatted structure of the tower created a watered-silk effect while the outer shape resembles an undulating body of water as if poured from above. This gesture too, is reminiscent of the fall of Kyneburgh’s body down the well.

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