The Evaders Garden- Stan Everiss

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Astley Hall





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Garden
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Other
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Garden, which was originally displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show. It is just at the car park entrance to the Hall. It tells the story of Stan Everiss, the designers(John Everiss) father. He was an RAF evader who was helped to regain his freedom by ordinary French citizens after he was shot down in 1943. Inspired by these acts of selfless bravery, the garden’s design reflects the bond between helper and evader. The ‘Evaders Garden’ shows an airman who has just parachuted from his aircraft, his ghostly image shelters briefly in an old abandoned church with his parachute trailed out before him. His eyes look up to a stained glass window where two young French people are reaching out to help him; people who could help him but would later pay with their lives. The wall also has a code poem engraved into a number of tablets. Mass planting surrounds the sculpture as nature reclaims the abandoned church. There is also an interpretation board which tells the full story of the escape.
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