12 June – 6 September 2015
The historic cities of Salisbury and Lincoln had much to celebrate in 2015 – their connection to the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta – ‘The Great Charter of Liberty’ – the most celebrated document in English history, that led to the rule of constitutional law, limiting the powers of monarchy and establishing human rights for everyone in England.
Both cities hold original copies of Magna Carta in their stunning Cathedrals and they chose to celebrate a piece of history through art with The Barons’ Charter. This Wild in Art event gave visitors a ‘right royal’ opportunity to find out more about this monumental event in the country’s legal history and ‘meet’ the individuals who were involved – namely, the Barons (wealthy landowners of medieval England) who, together with King John, were instrumental in its creation.
In Salisbury, The Barons’ Charter was presented by The Trussell Trust and there were 25 beautifully created baron sculptures decorated by artists on in high-profile parks, streets and public spaces around the city – making an exciting contribution to the overall Magna Carta celebrations.
The Baron sculpture was created in the style of Lewis Chess Piece by Wild in Art Creative Director Chris Wilkinson.
The Earl of Radnor, the Patron of Salisbury’s Barons’ Charter said:
“Salisbury Cathedral houses a fine original of this hugely important document which has impacted on our legal heritage through eight centuries, and fittingly, The Trussell Trust promotes social justice for everybody at the most basic level.
I believe art is a force for good; it makes people feel better, and it provides for reflection, enjoyment and education – all of which are very important in the pressurised world in which we live. I wish the Barons’ Trail every success.”
The sculptures were auctioned off to raise funds for The Trussell Trust ensuring a fitting legacy to support UK people who are struggling to feed themselves via the 413 food banks that the charity supports nationally.
Find out more about The Barons’ Charter Salisbury 2015 and download the trail map at: www.thebaronscharter.org.uk