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Variations on an Original Theme

The Details

Name: Variations on an Original Theme

Location: Severn Way (Bishop's Palace)

Sponsor: AA Salt

Artist: Emily Sparkes

The Artist - Emily Sparkes

Emily (b. Worcester 1992), is a Birmingham-based artist who often creates work relating to digital culture: including memes and internet humour. She is PhD student (painting) at the Royal College of Art, London and previously completed an MA in Queer Studies in Arts and Culture at Birmingham School of Art.

Emily has works in both public and private collections including ‘An Ode to Christian Joy’ which was bought by the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2015. In 2017 she was selected for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize and she is currently working on a comic.


Design Inspiration

Over the years, Worcester’s landmark statue of Edward Elgar has been mysteriously adorned with swimming goggles, a cap, and a traffic cone!

Enigma, meaning mystery, is perhaps a suitable term for this local phenomenon, relating to Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations,’ or ‘Variations on an Original Theme,’ composed in 1899. Elgar dedicated this piece “to my friends pictured within,” which was incorporated into the design in homage to the good-spirited nature of the residents involved.

The design also contains a QR code which will direct you to a link via where you can listen to Elgar’s Enigma Variation no. 9 [3:15].

Sponsored by AA Salt

AA Salt Gritting Services Ltd is your local gritting and snow clearing, family run business with 15 years’ experience, which offers a bespoke weather forecasting, gritting and snow clearing service, with the ability to reach nationwide.

Its aim is to ensure you and your business avoid disruption, injury and finance loss during the winter months.

For more information visit www.aasalt.co.uk

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