Chiron

Number: 2
Artist First Name:Mary
Artist Last Name:Spencer Watson
Made Year:1953
Installed Year:1953
Material:Portland Stone
Location:Forecourt of Moot House, The Stow

In 1953, Mary Spencer Watson (1913-2006) was commissioned to create a sculpture commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Her brief was that it should express the idea of ‘community’. She chose the ancient figure of Chiron, a centaur and teacher, because his wisdom incorporated all the activities to be enjoyed at its location: the forecourt of Moot House Social Club. Spencer Watson set up camp there in a caravan, and emerged each day to carve directly into Portland Stone until Chiron Teaching the Young Hero emerged.