Rose feature is town’s new centrepiece

by Julia Bradley on November 11, 2013

Roses are already strongly associated with Yorkshire and Lancashire but now the famous flower has been used to inspire a major new work of art in Milton Keynes.

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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Julia Bradley

Research Assistant at Interflora - interested in all things PR!

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