Samuel Cody statue plan unveiledBy Tim Harris
February 18, 2013
THE arrival of a Samuel Cody statue in Farnborough has taken a 'major step' forward, after the maquette of the sculpture was unveiled.
The Cody Statue project will see a statue of the aviation icon installed at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) Museum in Farnborough Road.
Trustees from FAST were shown the scale model of the Cody statue when they visited the studio of sculptor Vivien Mallock, in Andover.
Richard Gardner, chairman of FAST, said: “This is going to be an outstanding and quite magnificent work of art that will do justice to Farnborough’s most famous aviation pioneer.
“It will at long last provide a public memorial to the man who kick-started the British aviation industry. We can’t wait to see the real statue and we are all confident it will become a local landmark and national asset.”
Work will is under way on the 7ft statue of Cody, with fundraising in progress to pay for it. This has included the sale of bricks engraved with names, which are being exhibited in the Cody Pavilion at the FAST museum.
“The bricks already purchased are proving to be a source of nostalgia for anyone who has worked at Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) or its successors,” added David Wilson, leader of the Cody Statue Project for FAST.
“Orders for bricks are being received from all over the world.”
Donations have also been made from local companies, and FAST continues to seek sponsors.
Plans are in place to unveil the statue on August 7, which will mark the centenary anniversary of Cody’s death in a flying accident at Farnborough.