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What we know about Messenger — UK’s ‘largest’ bronze sculpture

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Britain’s largest cast bronze sculpture is set to go on display next spring.

Inspired by an actor’s on-stage pose, the 7m long ‘Messenger’ will be installed outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Sculptor Joseph Hillier was inspired to create it by an actor rehearsing Shakespeare’s Othello at the theatre.

Reports suggest that the idea of the piece is to make a bold statement about the creativity and ambition not just of the theatre but of the whole of Plymouth as it gears up for the 400th-anniversary celebrations of the Mayflower’s pioneering journey from the Devon port in 2020 and the opening of a new cultural centre.

Hillier told media that the name Messenger refers to the “pivotal” role of a performer to “breathe life into words”.

“This work offers a young, powerful woman, a potent force about to transform the world by her actions,” Hillier said, adding: “The actor carries the voice of her playwright or director – she carried a message. It’s a metaphor for what great theatre does,” he added.




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