Richard Whittington founded the original Guildhall library and in the medieval tradition
four statues of women representing the biblical and platonic virtues adorned its
facade. Four of the five niches on the new building were to house the same theme
LOVE, FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY. I designed the two figures opposite both depicting
charity. The first figure (bottom) attempted to mirror the angular feeling of the
building . I then became more interested in the idea of communicating with children
through a story and so created a carved cartoon. The four frames show a young girl
learning to let go of her own pet bird and finding that in doing so she can love
all of nature. I wanted to give children a prominent position in the building and
give a simple explanation of the sacrificial nature of love.
Finally the brief was changed and I withdrew from this part of the project and no
sculptures were made. We can benefit so much from the simple faith of children and
I have taken every opportunity since to demonstrate this.