Mother & Child: The (Re)Birthing of Basildon

The Mother and Child fountain communicates an interesting message for Basildon. The bronze sculpture depicts a woman laid back, holding aloft the fountain, while a young child sits astride her chest, head thrown back, eyes closed. In the warmer seasons, water showers down upon the shoulders of the boy and the woman’s hair. Created by Maurice Lambert in 1962, the commission was intended to celebrate the birth of Basildon, or more accurately its rebirth via its new town status. 

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