Today saw the royal unveiling of a new bespoke statue in memory of popular ‘Percy’ the Peacock of the Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen.
Percy, who sadly passed away earlier this year due to old age, was loved by both patients and staff alike at the hospital.
HRH Princess Alexandra, youngest granddaughter of King George V, officially unveiled the sculpture this afternoon alongside the official opening of the new £15.1 million Theatre and Oncology building.
Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, Luke Kite, Sculptor at the British Ironwork Centre & Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy.
The sculpture, which was commissioned by The British Ironwork Centre, sees Percy’s image created out old surgical instruments in keeping with the Ironwork’s most famous trait, reusing objects for the purpose of art. Just like the Ironworks’ other most famous sculptures the ‘Knife Angel’ and ‘Spoon Gorilla’.
Artist Luke Kite, Sculptor who created the magnificent Percy sculpture, has been working on it since the news broke that the popular peacock had passed away, after over 20 years roaming the grounds.
Mark Brandreth, CEO at RJAH Hospital said: “There are two things which make the area especially special, one is the hospital and the other is the Ironworks.”
Clive Knowles, CEO of the Ironworks said: “It has been a pleasure contributing to the lasting memory of Percy who brought so much pleasure to patients and visitors alike”.
The sculpture is life size
Made from over 1000 surgical instruments, from saw blades to pins.
Insurable value circ 10,000.00
The sculpture is situated outside the main entrance of the hospital and so can be enjoyed by all.
Luke Kite, Sculptor at the British Ironwork Centre, Owen Paterson MP, Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre