On Fri 28th Oct 2016, a huge fire destroyed historic buildings on Exeter Cathedral Green, including Britain's first hotel.  This was a tragedy.  Yet after tragedy something always emerges.  The circle of life continues.

Inspired by this, Morth took over a tonne of burnt wood, salvaged from that fire, to create the sculpture ‘Hope & Renewal’.  Some of these timbers came from trees that grew in the 1500s.  It was sad to use materials created by destruction.  Yet it was also wonderful to re-use something that would have been thrown away. 

On viewing the structure, some found it relevant to what was going on in their own lives, some saw it echo local events, others saw it reflecting issues in the wider world. 

Having toured around the southwest, there is a growing movement to site an evolved design back in the city.  “We need a focus to look forwards and, in my opinion, this is it.” Neil Parker.  So now 'Resurgo' is being created in bronze with a bolder, more refined design.  Click on the Facebook link at the bottom of this page for project updates.

Thanks to the Selection Panel for choosing the 11 images:

  • Deborah Clark, Art Week Exeter

  • Stuart Crewes, Art Week Exeter

  • Val Wilson, Arts & Events Manager, Exeter City Council

  • Adam Spiers, Michael Spiers Director

  • Anna Britten, Exeter Living Editor

Thanks also to the Devon Community Foundation who provided a grant to support the initial stages of this integrated creative project.

Linked to the sculpture, there was a national photographic competition on the theme of 'Hope & Renewal'.  The winners can be seen here


Morth made this sculpture with the help of many people including: Sue (ideation & painting), Gary, Kornel & Julian (Thomasons), Chris, Brian, Lee & Kaiser (Wring), Dave (safety boots), Robert & Peter (trailer), Chris (barn), Greg (secure storage), Simon, Fiona & Lyddi (CoLab), Sarah, Jess & team (SAFE), Laura, Scott, Nigel, Catherine & team (DCF), Laurence, Cressida & Terry (Cathedral), Stuart & Deborah (AWE), Jonathan (tools), Nicholas & Rose (construction), Nick (Latin translation), Seb (visualisations),Taste Catering (nibbles), Garry (Stormpress), Devon Picture Framer (framing), Keith & Alex (Private View), Keith & Mike (sculpture move #1), Alice (sculpture move #2)

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Creative Wellbeing Workshop at CoLab in association with Exeter charities SAFE and Headway Devon.

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