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West Suffolk College students tasked with making innovative head of Saint Edmunds for display at Bury St Edmunds Abbey



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A mixed-age group of students at West Suffolk College have sculpted the head of Saint Edmund out of coloured electrical cabling.

The young artists, aged between 14 and 19, were assisted by lecturer Madeleine Roberts.

Their project was made possible by grants from Bury St Edmunds Town Councillors Diane Hind, Cliff Waterman, Marilyn Sayer and Donna Higgins, and by West Suffolk Councillor David Nettleton.

Students and councillors with the head of Saint Edmund. Credit: Jo Sweetman.
Students and councillors with the head of Saint Edmund. Credit: Jo Sweetman.

The piece is to go on display at the Abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds, where it will be mounted upon a plinth in the crypt.

Its placement is intended to mark Abbey 1000, the 1,000th anniversary of the Abbey's founding.

Saint Edmund was a medieval king of East Anglia, martyred by the Vikings.

His remains, now lost, were once kept at the Abbey, and Bury is named after him.

At a later date, the sculpture will be returned to West Suffolk College, where it will be permanently exhibited.

Melanie Lesser, speaking on behalf of Abbey 1000's organising committee, said: "The local community have produced some fantastic ideas for the Abbey 1000 sculptures.

"I do hope residents and visitors will go to Abbey of St Edmund ruins to look at them more closely, there is a new sculpture each month until the end of November."