MICHAEL FAIRFAX

PUBLIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, DESIGNER

       
                       
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APPLE DAY
         
                       
The Apple Day sculpture is sited at the Worle Magistrates Court in Somerset. The site once had a rhyne running through it and at nearby Puxton a strange ritual took place for dividing up the allotments. It seems that apples were cut in half and a symbol was cut into the apple, you then took your halved apple and threw it. Where it landed was the size of your allotment. The local stone sculpture is aligned to the setting sun on apple day (21st October) The paving is set to look like the allotments and double as Rhynes, at each junction of the blue lias stone is set a bronze roundel with a symbol carved into it representing the apple halves.
Detail of the bronze symbols in the paving scheme with their ancient names