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Swan Fountain

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:West Street
Town:Horsham
Parish:Horsham
Council:Horsham District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH12
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Object setting:Inside building
Access is:Public
Location note:Swan Square, inside Swan Walk Shopping Centre (removed 30 September 2007)
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:25
Grid reference:N9
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Lorne McKean
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Norwich Union Life Insurance Society
Construction period:1990
Installation date:1990
Work is:Not sited
Owner custodian:Norwich Union Life Insurance Society
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A group of three bronze swans depicted as landing on water. The sculpture is set in a black tiled pool that holds a water feature. The whole structure is set in an eating area of the Shopping Centre.
Inscription:Bronze, inscribed plaque on the top of the pool behind the swans:

SCULPTURE IN BRONZE
BY LORNE MCKEAN
COMMISSIONED BY NORWICH UNION
1990

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Composite, Animal, Sculptural
Object type1:Sculpture
Object type2:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Ornamental Fountain
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:Sculpture
     Material:Bronze, blue patination
     Height (cm):300
     Width (cm):218
     Depth (cm):300
Part 2:Pool
     Material:Black tiled
     Height (cm):77
     Width (cm):218
     Depth (cm):390

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:11/09/2007

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History

History:'FEATHERS FLY AS SWANS 'WALK' TO STOP WATER WASTAGE
BRONZE swans – part of an eye-catching water feature in Horsham's Swan Walk since 1990 – have flown their nest, to the fury of shoppers and residents. Following an environmental and safety review, the iconic sculpture by Lorne McKean was removed on Sunday evening following instructions by owners of Swan Walk. Representatives of asset managers Morley said the move would make the shopping centre more environmentally friendly and cut down water wastage. But a campaign has been launched to reinstate the swans, which were a much-loved feature of the shopping centre. A Horsham District Council spokesperson said: ''We are having urgent discussions with the owners of the centre to see if the swan sculpture can be reinstated.'' Meanwhile the centre has launched discussions with local groups to help find the Lorne McKean piece a new home. Users of the centre have described the removal as 'political environmental correctness' gone mad.'
(West Sussex Gazette, 2 October 2007)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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