RESIDENTS are being called upon to help decide on Essex’s newest public artwork.

The community of Kelvedon is going to be deciding on the design of a set of artworks which will be installed at a new home development on the edge of the village.

Cala Homes is continuing work on its new Aylett’s Green Neighbourhood and has appointed renowned artist Matthew Lane Sanderson as the curator of the development’s permanent public artwork.

An established sculptor and designer, Matthew was selected from several artist submissions to design the initial concepts and eventually curate the commission on the development.

Prior to the installation of his artwork, Matthew and Cala are calling on the community to take part in the initial design phase.

They will choose which creative ideas they prefer, with the most popular design being brought to life in a large-scale, original piece of art.

Matthew has revealed three unique design concepts and is encouraging residents to vote for their preferred design concepts, with the selected design being unveiled in the spring, and installation to follow within the next couple of years on site.

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The first is titled Pod of Peas, which pays homage to the agricultural history of Kelvedon.

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It is a series of human scale spherical steel ‘peas’ around an open space which can be used for meeting, seating, or play.

Next is The Meeting Maple, which reflects the natural surroundings of Kelvedon, with its steel boughs forming a sheltering canopy over its seated gathering space and metal ‘flowers of life’ representing its foliage.

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Lastly is The Three Broaches, linking to the Roman history of the town, which will all be eight feet tall and able to be walked round.

The Alder Broach celebrates trees and water, the Map Broach lays out a plan of the town and the Seed of Life Broach represents the fertility of the land.

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Matthew said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen by Cala Homes for the Aylett’s Green project and I’m eager to see how the public have voted on these initial design concepts.”

To participate in the public vote, visit