Sioban Coppinger FRSS
Sioban Coppinger has been a professional sculptor for forty years, initially in the field of public sculpture. Her work is inspired by what she calls "our entanglement with the natural world". She observes people and animals with an affectionate, and sometimes wry, eye. Sioban studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art and subsequently studied bronze foundry techniques in Italy. She has carried out an impressive number of commissions for public places.
For The Garden Gallery's 2014 exhibition, ‘Echoes in the Memory’, Sioban made a sculpture called ‘Blown Away’ (see bio photo). Sioban says of the sculpture, “ 'Blown Away’ is a study of a moment. The young man, his life fleeting as a gust of leaves, sees the whole world in a glance. Inspired by T. S. Eliot's ‘Four Quartets’, this piece pays homage to so many brave people whose lives are altered by their time. '... Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future...'. The mild steel plinth is reminiscent of hastily dispatched munitions ... or a ship's funnel ... left to rust."
‘Blown Away’ is now in the Boyes Garden at the new Remembrance Centre in the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.