Mary Seacole statue unveiled

July 01 2016 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
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The Mary Seacole statue was unveiled last night in the garden of St. Thomas' Hospital in Westminster.

The statue, created by sculptor Martin Jennings, is a tribute to the Jamaican-born nurse who overcame severe obstacles in order to selflessly care for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. After a 12 year campaign by the Trustees and Patrons of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal to raise the funding, the statue is the first of a named black woman in the UK.

The lighting approach forms a key part of the design concept by the artist, as the ‘larger than life’ shadow of Mary, cast onto the glowing disk behind her, is intended to symbolise how acts of heroism by a single person can create a monumental legacy.

We are proud to have provided pro-bono support to realise Martin Jennings' vision, collaborating with the stonemason and specialist manufacturer Mike Stoane Lighting to deliver an integrated and highly technical yet elegant design solution.