Donna Cooper Memorial
Type Panel , Landscape , Sculpture
The landscape designed by the artist is some 200 metres long and 20metres wide. It is planted with trees around the edge to form a context for the earth and artworks. The two steel objects have natural forms; the arch having leaves and branches; the tree branches have two-dimensional birds on them which move in the wind the tree is surmounted by a large bird.
Large road-side sign in heavy plastic: Donna Cooper Memorial Garden/ This site contains the Memorial Gardens created in memory of Donna Cooper, a teenager from Rushall killed by joyriders in 1993. The garden has been created by a design Team consisting of Walsall MBC, Groundwork Black Country, Donna's parents and the artist ANURADHA PATEL, who worked with local residents and school-children to create the designs for the art-works on the site. The landscaping in the garden was funded by English Partnerships, the European Regional Development Fund, the Millennium Commission and donations from the local community. The artworks have been funded by Walsall MBC. The garden is designed to blend with the surrounding earth forms and contains four mini-amphitheatres and a central viewpoint. The artworks within the site reflect natural forms and apart from the central tree, make use of natural materials. The owl motif at the centre of the ornamental gateway to the garden is taken from a design drawn by Donna just before she died. The garden will be used not only as an attractive park for the local community but also as an open air art gallery for the installation of future public artworks and events involving residents, particularly young people, in the creative process.
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