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New sculpture to celebrate Thames Festival of Arts

12 November 2014

When you next visit our Thames Council building, you'll see a new sculpture on the right as you enter the sliding glass doors.

Photo of Hamish with his sculpture at TCDC

(Pictured: Hamish Horsley with Earth Rising at Thames-Coromandel District Council. Download a high resolution version of the photo here.)

The work, 'Earth Rising', is by international sculptor Hamish Horsley.

Hamish shipped his entire London home and sculptor's studio to the Coromandel to care for his aged parents.

One of his most iconic works, 'The Tibetan Peace Garden' is situated beside the Imperial War Museum in central London and was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1999. His work is found throughout the UK, Northern Europe, the Middle East, India, Vietnam and Thailand where he teaches art and creative practice at Walailak University.

"I heard of the Thames Festival of Arts and wanted to contribute in some small way. It's a dynamic thing to do for a town like Thames, to promote the town and the arts," Hamish says.

Although his parents have just passed away, Hamish plans to make the Coromandel his base. "The Thames Estuary is magical. The view across to the Hunuas is as good as any with the changes in light and colour."

The Thames Festival of Arts begins in just over a week (Friday 21 November) and runs for just over two weeks until Sunday 7 December.

Find out more at and check out Hamish's website at

Sculpture by Hamish Horsley