Clawing its way to the Newton Abbot skyline is the powerful and desperate sculpture Only Hope Remains.
The work, one of seven pieces in The Exeter Fountain Project is by Exeter-based artist Simon Ruscoe, and will be on show in Newton Abbot for just six weeks (that means there’s just five left people!), before it wends its way to the Big Smoke.
Newton Abbot is the second stop off for Only Hope Remains, which was at Exeter’s Princesshay over Easter.
Each of The Exeter Fountain Project pieces are a reaction to the injustices in society, reflecting the tensions and troubles that exist in our times.
Simon hopes to find a permanent waterside home for The Exeter Fountain Project.
We first came across Simon’s work in the 2009 Call of the Lost exhibition at Exeter Castle, when we said the sculpture’s layer upon layer of metal was like a relief map of anguish (there’s more than 1,000 pieces of metal involved, each one cut by hand).
Simon’s been working on The Exeter Fountain Project since 2004, supporting the project work working as a cleaner, hospital porter and technician at Devon galleries and universities.
He said of the Only Hope Remains being in Newton Abbot that he hopes it helps towards promoting Devon as a dynamic and culturally exciting place to live.
“Being around art that is moving and meaningful can both challenge and enrich people’s lives,” he said.
We at the PRSD echo that emotion!
See Only Hope Remains in Newton Abbot, and experience more of Simon’s work on his website.