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WAYSIDE ART IN EAST ANGLIA

ANIMALS

FISH

A fish is depicted on this village sign at Gooderstone in Norfolk.  It earned its place because there used to be a trout fishery in the village in medieval times.  It is accompanied by a character in a suit of armour with a sword.  He represents Saint George who is patron saint of the parish church,  also depicted.

The picture on the left shows a milestone in the shape of an upside-down fish at Rockland St. Mary in Norfolk.

 

Below shows a carving of fish in Homersfield, dating from 2000, which is the work of sculptor Mark Goldsworthy of Bungay in Suffolk.  The wooden trunk is from a Cedar of Lebanon tree from Blickling Hall in Norfolk. On the top of the flattened trunk there’s a carved man in a boat, and the words ‘I dreamed of a beautiful woman who carried me away’ are carved around the base.  This is a reference to Roman times when the River Waveney here was called Alveron which means ‘beautiful woman’.  The sculpture stands on ground that was once the river bed.  

Left: Weathervane with fish on a house in Homersfield by the River Waveney in Suffolk.

Another example of a fish as decoration is one carved in stone on an outside wall of Oxborough Church in Norfolk.

Mark Goldsworthy had part of his training at Great Yarmouth School of Art and his first commission was in 1991.  His inspiration has come largely from medieval carvings in the region and he has specialised in figurative sculptures, mainly in wood.

His work has been exhibited not only locally but also in London and abroad.  For further information go to

www.woodcarver.co. uk

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Below are two photos of a wooden carving on another tree trunk.  This one is on Parkers Piece Fen alongside a path by the Little Ouse river in Suffolk.  As well as fish, there are heron and newt depicted. It has interpretation plaques on its other side, and is the work of Andy Manning.  

Andy Manning, who carved this tree pictured right, is a conservation ecologist and freelance professional sculptor who is based in Suffolk.  For more examples of his work go to his website at

http://andymanning. moonfruit.com

He is featured on another site -

http://www.treescul pture.co.uk

Along with four other Suffolk sculptors.  These carvers work with chainsaws, chisels and sanders to create works of art in big chunks of English oak, Red Cedar, Sweet Chestnut and Beech.  They also work with willow, ash and hazel.  They produce public artworks for schools, hospitals, offices, housing projects, play areas and village greens.

Right: A wall plaque seen on the wall of a bungalow in Gissing in Norfolk, depicting two fish swimming.