In 1967, General Manager of Basildon Development Corporation (BDC), Charles Boniface, claimed that there were shopping centres in Basildon where ‘one still expects to see cowboys cantering down the street.’
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.