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Gavin Turk’s ‘Ajar’ Unveiled at The Loxfords Gardens

Mount Anvil has unveiled a major new work of public art by renowned artist Gavin Turk at the recently completed development, The Loxfords.


Mount Anvil has unveiled a major new work of public art by renowned artist Gavin Turk at the recently completed development, The Loxfords. 
 
The new sculpture, entitled ‘Ajar’, was commissioned by Mount Anvil to reflect the rich history of the site as well as provide a powerful and imaginative contribution to the local community. 
 
Located in the centre of the public gardens at The Loxfords, ‘Ajar’ is a life-size bronze cast of a semi open doorway. The  door used was taken from No 8 Church Street, a children’s home established by the predecessor of charity Action for Children (whom the Loxfords site was previously home to). The doorway reflects the sites long history of welcoming, safety and ‘new beginning’. 
 
Artist Gavin Turk explans; “Far beyond just a painted bronze door, ‘Ajar’ is designed to be a surreal gateway and a spiritual journey through the imagination. Never open or shut, familiar and yet iconic, the piece reflects a historic place of safety and youthfulness whilst representing a doorway to new life.”
 
To mark the unveiling of the sculpture, nearly 400 people including over 200 children participated in a day long series of events within the gardens on 25 May 2013. The charity event ‘The Highbury Time Tangle and the Door of Dimensions’ inspired by Turk’s sculpture and the history of the site saw House of Fairytales and Mount Anvil join forces to engage participants in a series of theatrical tasks and creative challenges. 
 
Killian Hurley, Executive Chairman of Mount Anvil, comments; “We are delighted to unveil ‘Ajar’ at The Loxfords. An interactive piece to be enjoyed by both children and adults, Gavin’s sculpture is a fitting testament and contribution to the scheme and the local community which we hope will capture the imagination of residents and visitors alike.”