TWO local artists have made their mark on a housing development in Oxford with a series of stone sheep sculptures.

Alec and Fiona Peever created the flock at the Tilbury Fields site in Fogwell Road, Botley, and say the artwork is a reflection of the land’s former agricultural use.

The pair, who have lived in Oxfordshire for more than 30 years, were previously commissioned by Oxford University to carve new gargoyles for the Bodleian Library – winning an Oxford Preservation Trust Award in the process.

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Hand-carved from natural limestone, the sheep’s heads are cast in bronze resin.

The artists said that they were thrilled that their work would be on display at the new development.

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Mr Peever said: “Our sculpture has been created especially for Tilbury Fields, to add an artistic influence and to remind future generations of the land’s former use. Entitled ‘Coming Home’, it alludes to the metaphor of returning home at the end of the day.

“The work is set in two locations – the trail of four sheep are wondering home from afar, while the huddle of four sheep in the centre of the development represents arrival.”

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The sculptures have been installed as part of Persimmon Homes’ 'Section 106' contributions.

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We are delighted to be able to unveil our new stone sheep at Tilbury Fields.”