AVE Services provided the unveiling structure and curtains for the 10Ft sculpture that was unveiled to Fareham town in the grounds of Westbury Manor Museum on the 12th September.
Here is what they had to say:
“The new sculpture received a warm reception from councillors and dignitaries after its unveiling. Following HMS Collingwood’s march through Fareham’s town centre yesterday, the £17,600 sculpture was finally revealed to a round of applause in the gardens of Westbury Manor Museum.
The 10ft sculpture of a tree with two intertwined trunks has faced criticism in recent months after its initial designs were criticised by the Fareham-Vannes Twinning Association.
However, the response was fairly positive after Councillor Connie Hockley, mayor of Fareham and Marcel Boche, president of the Vannes Twinning Association pulled back a blue curtain to show off the creation. Chris Gorham, chairman of the twinning association said: ‘I think it looks mighty fine to say the least. ‘It is suitable permanent memento in a great setting. ‘The council has done a great thing by honouring the town’s twinning with these celebrations.’ Mr Boche was inspired upon pulling back the curtain to reveal the sculpture and gave a speech following the unveiling in which he said it was ‘magnificent’ and ‘a real pleasure’ to witness.
Councillor Trevor Cartwright, deputy leader of the borough council, was also impressed by the new statue. He said: ‘It is quite interesting to behold. ‘It is very different and offers something new for residents to have a look at so it is a fitting addition.’