public art – Selected works
Sara has completed several works of public art. Some pieces have been commissioned as part of wider community projects others such as the Kingfishers at The National Trust’s Hatchlands Estate and ‘Surrey Hills’ have been commissioned or purchased to celebrate specific spaces or events.
Mild steel & willow
The National Trust, Hatchlands Park
To celebrate the regeneration project of Sheepwash Pond at Hatchlands Park Estate the National Trust commissioned Sara to create fitting sculpture. Since an important part of the regeneration was a manmade nesting site for Kingfishers, Sara was inspired to create a pair of Kingfishers in flight, to be placed in the pond.
Surrey Hills, 2012
Mild steel & willow
Woking Borough Council, Wolsey Centre
Surrey Hills depicts three willow cyclists on metal hills. The sculpture was first shown at The Legacy of Sport exhibition at Guildford Cathedral and will now be a permanent addition to the Wolsey Place Shopping Centre, Woking, Surrey .
The piece is inspired by a project the Sara led during the London 2012 celebration of the Games, Woking’s Willow Cyclists
The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Tony Branagan, said: “Our Borough was lucky enough to play its part in the greatest show on earth, the London 2012 Olympics… The inspirational sculpture, created by local artist Sara Holmes, is a fitting legacy to that very special summer of sport, culture and community spirit that we all enjoyed and will never forget.
Sara said: “Woking has celebrated cycling with some wonderful initiatives over the last few years. I hope this sculpture serves as a legacy for this and reminds the young people I worked with of their own, personal connection to the London 2012 Games.”
Mild steel, willow & hazel
The National Trust – Runnymede
Sara was commissioned by the National Trust to create a sculpture to tell a story about the history of the people and the land at Runnymede. In the meadows at Runnymede hay has been made for centuries. ‘Scyther’ formed the centrepiece of a wider project in which Sara was artist in residence, running workshops over several days with local community groups. The reult was a 16 piece intallation named ‘Haymaking’