Essence: Wendy Taylor, 1982
Outside Milton Keynes Council offices, Saxon Court, Avebury Boulevard
Commissioned by Milton Keynes Development Corporation and donated to
Milton Keynes Council
Wendy Taylor has been creating sculpture for public sites since the 1960s, working for a wide range of commercial, industrial and private patrons. Essence was commissioned by the Development Corporation for this city centre site. The artist describes her response to the site, ‘.. this sculpture is .. surrounded by a wide selection of shrubs which give a secret air to the area, providing a complete contrast to the bold outlines of Milton Keynes’ avenues. The soft enfolding lines of the sculpture are a response to the intimacy of the enclosed environment.’ Essence is an entirely abstract work and reflects the artist’s preoccupation with twisted, ribbon-like shapes, wound around interior voids. It was created at a time when she was fascinated with nature and natural form and may takes its reference from a specific source in nature. The work encourages the viewer to walk round it, changing shape and framing the view beyond when viewed from different angles.