I made a successful National Lottery application to fund this major public art commission and subsequently led the commissioning group through to the project's completion.
To mark the centenary of Oscar Wilde’s death, Reading Borough Council commissioned poet Paul Muldoon and artist Bruce Williams to create a contemporary memorial. This public artwork is sited along Chestnut Walk, bounded on one side by the River Kennet and on the other by the former Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated between 1895 and 1897.
Williams and Muldoon collaborated to create a work which pays tribute to Oscar Wilde and acknowledges his experience in Reading.The commission consists of a series of artworks by Bruce Williams including gates, loveseats, a bench, and railings. Two poems written especially by Paul Muldoon - The Gate and The Bed - have been incorporated into the artworks. The commission contains visual and literary references to Wilde's work and touches on themes of love, incarceration and liberty.
Completed in November 2000, the Oscar Wilde Memorial Commission continues to be a landmark in Reading.