St Albans City & District Council gave planning permission for the statue in October 2013 to be erected in the centre of St Albans. We are now actively fund raising to raise the £150,000 that will be necessary to create and position the statue.
The statue will be a life size figurative bronze celebrating Samuel's character, achievements and values. It will promote the association between Samuel and St Albans where he spent much of his life and in whose life he participated so much. It will be a piece of public art that the residents of St Albans can be proud of and which will bring many new visitors to the city.
The statue will be positioned in the centre of St Albans in the space between the Nationwide Building
Society and Ladbrokes at 16 St Peters Street, AL1 3NA
It will face towards the Town Hall where Samuel carried out many of his civic functions as Councillor and Mayor.
A maquette has been produced as a first draft to capture the essence of how the final statue will look.
Samuel will be shown holding the Ryder Cup. He is stepping leaning forward with right hand held out to shake that of the winning team captain.
The statue will be at street level enabling people to walk right up to, touch and be photographed with it. It will be accessible and characterful, showing elements of Samuel's personality.
The sculptor Jemma Pearson is based in Clun, Shropshire. Her aim is always ‘to create pieces that capture a sure likeness and have the merit to stand as works of art in their own right’.
Jemma’s work includes a magnificent sculpture of Darwin, commissioned in 2000 by Shrewsbury School, and the full sized portrait bronze of Elgar commissioned for Hereford Cathedral and unveiled in 2005. She was commissioned to produce a second Elgar, which is sited at the Elgar Birthplace Museum near Worcester, England.
Her most recent public commission is a sculpture of former British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone for Glenalmond College, a school founded by Gladstone in the 1800's. The sculpture is in celebration of the Bicenetary of his Birth and was unveiled by Sir William Gladstone, the present holder of the baronetcy, on July 3rd 2010.
Inspired early in her life by meeting both Henry Moore and Dame Elizabeth Frink, and also influenced by Jacob Epstein, Jemma works in the tradition of figurative sculpture. She now has a considerable body of highly acclaimed work behind her and is arguably one of the most exciting portrait sculptors working in the UK today.