Cassie Smith- Wilson is a student from Weston College University Campus, currently in the first year of her degree in applied art and design.
When asked by the council to design a sculpture for the roundabout near the station for one of her very first commissions, she was so excited.
“What an opportunity! We were asked to incorporate the history of Weston, the new renovations that are taking place and to keep in mind that it is a gateway to the town.”
Upon researching the history of Weston, she found that it used to be known as a fishing village and immediately thought of a fisherman’s knot, she wanted to include a knot as it would represent eternity which is quite fitting for Weston, a town which has grown and developed over time and will continue to do so.
“I wanted it to symbolize longevity for the town so I took the inspiration of the fisherman’s knot and developed it into a more interesting shape. I then thought about how lucky we are to have our own seaside and all the visitors it brings. This along with the idea of movement and moving forwards due to the renovations taking place led me to decide that the motion of a wave would convey this as they push onwards and upwards.”
Cassie has decided to use a local supplier for her willow to create the knot.
“Willow is very flexible but strong and makes beautiful sculptures. My family and I run a local business so it is important to me to support local businesses.
It would mean the world to me as a new artist to have the privilege of being involved in something this big so early on in my career and I can imagine getting a burst of excitement every time I drive around that roundabout if I am lucky enough to win, in fact the day after building I think I would become a menace on the road by continuously circling it in disbelief that I actually did it! I hope you like my design.”
It was felt that a wave constructed of thinly sliced rock such as slate would add movement to the structure as it twists around the knot to give the idea that the renovations and new opportunities will support the growth and longevity of Weston into the future.