Kent County Library 1996
Location : Kent County Library, Springfield, Maidstone, Kent
Materials : Green English Oak
Commissioned by: Kent County Council Arts & Libraries

Seven Ages engages with aspects of time: continuity and unity, growth and learning, development and change. It makes reference to the cycles and seasons of life in the form of seven 'books', each carved to depict a particular stage in the yearly cycle of plants, but also suggesting the stages throughout a lifetime. Each book can be seen as anthropomorphic, with spines running down their backs, and linked arms or limbs. The sculpture forms an unbroken ring, with a seat placed between the beginning and end of the continuous cycle, a place to dwell and contemplate. The sculpture's polygonal design reflects the library's shape.