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Nick Eames: The Sisters Sculpture- Part 2

Nick Eames: The Sisters Sculpture- Part 2

By Rita Halliday- Contributor

Nick first became involved with the ESI when information came through his letterbox about a competition for sculptors, inviting ideas for an art installation at the mere.

After researching the sisters’ background, he felt this was something he wanted to become involved in, awed by their collective stories and work.

Although 30-40 sculptors put forward ideas, Nick was chosen, not just for his imaginative concept, but also his knowledge and understanding of the bond and passion of the sisters.


Egalantyne and her sister Dorthy 


When interviewing Nick, I was struck by his own passion for his artistry, and I asked him to explain more about it. In the telling of his story, Nick’s attention was caught by the patterns in a piece of driftwood, their natural beauty, untouched, pure. While separating kindling for a fire he was struck by how they had been joined together perfectly, separately different, but retaining a part of the whole, and for him the irrevocable connection of twins.

This inspired him to make a small sculpture model known as a maquette that he originally called ‘The Twins.’ He also had visual inspiration from wood burning on a fire, the swirling, hypnotic patterns in the wood, complemented by the veiled, suggestions of the aromatic smoke.

From this, Nick’s vision for the sculpture evolved. Although different, the ethereal, physically fragile Eglantyne, and the more sturdy, earthy Dorothy, both had a fiery burning passion that was a driving life force that united them. He wanted to show their differences, looking towards each other, thus looking at different aspects, but retaining the same roots.

As he explained in his proposal for the commission:

“Anyone who studies their lives cannot fail to be moved by the humanity and vision of these two determined and remarkable women. They were able to achieve astonishing things because they stood shoulder to shoulder as sisters.  This is what I wish to acknowledge in my sculpture – to convey not how they would have looked, but how they felt


Nick’s art is designed for longevity, not passing whim, hence the two figures are embedded in concrete.  They are an imposing 2.3 metres tall and thought-provoking in their ephemeral beauty. Nicks artwork is an extension of himself, an inextricably, embedded sense.

Although not yet finished, Nick is looking forward to the day when he can resume work at the mere and tell passers-by how it all came about. If you are interested in the actual mechanics and materials of Nick’s artwork and some of his other creations, you can find more information via the following links and tags, together details about the Jebb sisters and ESI





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