£70,000 grant for Darwin Garden
21st November 2008
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Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council has been awarded £70,000 by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund towards the Darwin Memorial Geo Garden. The Shrewsbury project is a response to the connections between Darwin's ideas and the landscape that inspired his mind. The Garden has been designed to include a 30-foot high vertical piece of iconic Public Art, entitled Quantum Leap and a horizontal 'rock clock,' which will tell the story of Shropshire's extraordinary geology - from the Big Bang to the present day. The project has also received the support of Arts Council England and a major sponsor in Aggregates Industries Ltd.

Councillor Charles Armstrong, Portfolio Holder for Culture, said, 'This project is a visionary design concept that connects Darwin's understanding of Shropshire's rich and diverse geology and his theory on evolution. It will be one of the largest and most significant pieces of contemporary Public Art in the Country.'

If anyone has any comments or feedback on the grant or indeed the Darwin Memorial Garden, please feel free to post below.

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