The metal-work and sculpture of Paul Margetts

Feature Sculpture for Housing Development in Earls Colne, Essex

A sculpture of Atlas holding up the Earth was designed for the old Atlas Works site in Earls Colne. The site has been transformed from a derelict factory that produced agricultural machinery into a modern housing development. The brief required that the previous use of the site was reflected in the sculpture in a contemporary way.

The sculpture is 5 metres high and fabricated in mild steel.

The commission has been made possible through co-operation between Braintree District Council, Earls Colne Parish Council, George Wimpey Limited and East Anglian Renovations.



Two benches were designed as part of the commission. The design was based on the blades of chaff cutters that used to be made at the works.





The 600mm high model on the right was made as part of the design process and presented to the planners prior to fabrication of the sculpture.

Paul Margetts undertook all aspects of the commission from design through to installation.