Elisabeth gets nod to create £100,000 Agatha sculpture

Torbay Weekly

Local artist Elisabeth Hadley has been chosen by the public to create and install a permanent tribute to one of Torbay’s most famous daughters, Dame Agatha Christie.

The public vote, which ran between 14 December 2021 and 16 January 2022, saw Elisabeth receive 55% of the total votes.

Elisabeth, who is a sculptor, based in Brixham will now begin to bring her proposal to life.

The new bronze tribute will show the ‘Queen of Crime’ sitting on a bench, thoughtfully contemplating her next great work, or otherwise admiring the surroundings she was so passionate about.

The tribute was commissioned as part of Torbay Council’s £2.2million Strand regeneration works after successfully securing £21.9million from the Towns Fund to improve and enhance Torquay’s town centre.

The works, which are anticipated to commence in the spring, will see several improvements to the public space, including minimising traffic on the Strand, increased and enhanced pedestrian areas, a new public transport hub and space for events and food festivals.

Elisabeth Hadley said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen by the public to sculpt Dame Agatha Christie with her little dog ‘Peter’ and I am really looking forward to getting started on the sculpture. It is wonderful that so many people loved my design and wanted to give me their vote.”

Elisabeth’s creation is due to be unveiled later in the year.

Cllr Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing for Torbay Council, said: “Enhancing and celebrating Torquay’s and Torbay’s cultural heritage is a key aspect of our regeneration plans.

“Agatha Christie is well known around the world, with many people visiting Torbay each year to learn about what inspired her work. The new sculpture will capture that essence perfectly and really complement the new look Strand.”

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, for Torbay Council, added: “It is fantastic that the public has chosen a local artist to create this specially commissioned piece of artwork. I’d like to thank all of the artists for their submissions and offer my congratulations to Elisabeth.”

Learn more about this project and Elisabeth Hadley on Torbay Council’s website via: https://www.torbay.gov.u/agatha-christie-artwork/hadley