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Bird of Freedom

Jonathan Clarke
2000 (2008)

Great Notley /  Bird of Freedom   Great Notley /  Bird of Freedom


A giant aluminium and steel sculpture of a kestrel, standing at 2.5m high with a 15ft wingspan atop the highest point between Great Notley and the coast. Each face of the plinth features four metal reliefs showing scenes from nature designed by local schoolchildren.

Great Notley - Bird of Freedom
West: Parakeet - Ant (?) - Ladybug (?) - ?
Great Notley - Bird of Freedom
North: Ladybug - Snail - Fish - Parrot
Great Notley - Bird of Freedom
East: Ladybug - Horse - Spider - Mole Rat (?)
Great Notley - Bird of Freedom
South: Leaves with caterpillars - Owl - Ladybug - ?

It was originally installed in 2000, and has become a much loved symbol of Braintree. Unfortunately the sculpture was stolen in 2007, and the artist made a replica, which was installed in 2008.


Great Notley - Bird of Freedom

Sources & Information


  • Bird
  • Caterpillar
  • Clarke, Jonathan
  • Fish
  • Horse
  • Kestrel
  • Ladybug
  • Mole Rat
  • Owl
  • Parakeet
  • Parrot
  • Snail
  • Spider
  • Location (N 51°51'56" - E 0°30'52")

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