Chichester residents react to 'amazing' new East Street installation

Chichester residents and readers of the Observer have shared their views on an 'amazing' new tribute to key workers in the city.

The statue was made by John Gillespie, a stainless steel fabricator from Singleton, who named the piece 'Unity'.

The sculpture depicts a nurse sitting on a bench, with a two-meter space for social distancing, and is made with keys with the job titles of key workers engraved into them.

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Taking to social media, Observer readers shared their thoughts on the new installation.

Jane Towers said: "What a clever idea and a fitting memorial to all those hardworking people risking their lives."

Jane Chitty: "Can’t wait to see it - what a beautiful tribute to our local key workers we are all in their debt. Thank you to the artist."

Brad Ainsworth said: "Local piece, by a local person for the local economy. What’s not to like about it? Stark reminder of what we’ve all had to endure as we ease out of lockdown and more so to those who were on the front line during this hellish time; as we remember the true hero’s of Covid. Congrats to the artist I say."

Polly Joyner said: "Its really beautiful... And outside of where i work too! We had zero idea this was being installed mind you, so it's going to be a nice surprise when we get to go back to work!"

John Gillespie sitting on his sculpture in East Street

Mousie Cooke-Priest said: "Fantastic - thank you, it’s a beautiful sentiment and I can’t wait to see it."

Denise Roythorne said: "Absolutely amazing! As he states thank you to all the key workers that have worked all through the last year and haven't always been regarded!"