Iconic sculpture drums up a dramatic welcome to Eden
Millions of visitors arriving at the Eden Project are now being welcomed by the sight of the iconic statue The Drummer, the famous work by renowned artist Tim Shaw.
Installation of the eye-catching 15ft bronze sculpture was completed at Eden late yesterday (May 22, 2019) as the artwork takes a holiday from its usual home outside the Hall for Cornwall in Truro.
The Drummer’s new home is in a prominent position just a short walk from the Visitor Centre at the top of the former clay pit.
The statue needed a temporary base due to major building work at the Hall for Cornwall.
People can continue to admire it at Eden over the next two years until it returns to its permanent home.
The bronze figure standing on a sphere beating a drum was created by Tim to celebrate the land of Cornwall and its people.
He said: “It’s great to see that The Drummer - which celebrates Cornwall, a place where the drum beats differently - has such a wonderful and inspiring home to go to. The situation could not be better. Well done to all those who organised this temporary transition.”
Jo Elworthy, Director of Interpretation at Eden, said: "It is wonderful to have the opportunity to share The Drummer. We unveil this piece almost 20 years after the commissioning of another significant work by Tim, The Rites of Dionysus, which is still on display today in our Mediterranean Biome."
Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy, said: “It is very important that The Drummer is kept safe during the construction works taking place to regenerate and improve the Hall for Cornwall. But we also wanted to take the opportunity of giving the thousands of visitors to one of Cornwall’s best loved attractions the opportunity to see this iconic and important piece.
“Thanks go to the Eden Project for helping make this happen, and to Tim Shaw, who has been overseeing the operation to clean the sculpture and prepare the site where it is now displayed.”
Tim was elected an Academician at The Royal Academy of Arts in 2013. His other major work of art at Eden, The Rites of Dionysus, depicts the Greek god of the vines in the form of a raging bull and eleven life-sized figures representing his followers, known as the Maenads.