If you are looking for something to do this Spring that involves getting outdoors and exploring the sights of Cambridge (and which doesn’t cost you a penny) then try one of the Cambridge Sculpture Trails. The weather brightened up a little this weekend so I did just this! After a browse around the Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair held at The Guildhall, I ventured out to begin the second of the trails which takes you through the city centre and just so happened to begin with the ‘Doors of the Guildhall’ – pictured below.
Upon opening the trail map I discovered that within very close distance were works from the likes of Antony Gormley and Henry Moore, and what intrigued me most was to see the mix of works; dating from 1904 to 2013. The first part of this route takes you from Market Square towards the Corn Exchange and King’s Parade, through to Downing Street and into Emmanuel College.
Now, I don’t want to give too much away as part of the fun is discovering these for yourselves – or completely missing them as we did and retracing your steps to realise they were right behind you – but here are a few snippets…
Some of the works I have strolled past on many occasions but there were others that I was excited to stumble upon. My favourite find was ‘Mother and Child’ by Sophie Dickens which is situated on the corner of the John Lewis Building. I think about the number of times I have walked up and down Regents Street and never looked up past the shop windows – note to self: take your eyes off the ground! It was also fascinating to find out that Gormley’s ‘Earthbound: Plant’ is a full size figure buried below the paving with just the soles of the feet exposed.
The last stop for us today was the gardens of Emmanuel College where we found the beautifully weathered bronze ‘Jester’ by Wendy Taylor, pictured below. I really enjoyed taking my time wandering around streets that I would usually have gone straight past, and found that just a few steps could take you from the bustling pedestrian traffic to serene landscaped gardens.
The weather quickly changed and so we took shelter in the MAA: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and looked around ‘The Power of Paper’ printmaking exhibition (on until 6th December 2015).
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By Stephanie Freeman