Sculpture: Great Maze Pond - Guys - 2 staff
Erection date: 2005
Site: Great Maze Pond (4 memorials)
SE1, Great Maze Pond
In our photo the three iron-work panels can just be seen on the railings in front of the lady with the suitcase. In all honesty only the one representing Thomas Guy can be considered a memorial but they are all rather fun - we particularly like the one with the grapes.
An information board attached to the railings of the gate explains that the theme for the three panel artwork is the Hospital's motto: “It is better to give than to receive”, "Dare Quam Accipere". The book in the middle panel carries the text: "Created by Chris Butcher, artist blacksmith for George James & Sons, blacksmiths".
Left to right: the first panel shows the grapes given by visitors taking root in the patient's bedside cabinet. The second panel represents how staff give to the hospital: time, skill, knowledge and scientific endeavour. The last panel shows Thomas Guy giving the plans of the hospital. For simplicity we've put links to the creators only on the page for the last panel.