The design of the MK Rose includes 140 stone pillars; each representing a date, event or person that holds a special significance for the large Buckinghamshire town.
Situated in Campbell Park, the MK Rose took a full four years to create and is aimed at providing townsfolk and visitors with a place for quiet reflection.
It has been designed by internationally-renowned artist Gordon Young who joined the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, for the official unveiling over the weekend.
The launch included a range of activities based round the pillars’ themes; including a new poem read by Milton Keynes’ own poet laureate Mark Niel; a demonstration by the Red Bull pit crew and a tribute by Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden to Jim Marshall – known as The Father of Loud – who pioneered guitar amplification and lived in the town.
The MK Rose features other pillars including one commemorating the date the Open University was founded.
The Rose will also play a part in the town’s Armistice Day activities on November 11.
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