Celebrating Lincoln’s buildings over the centuries

Words by:
Felix Bartlett
Featured in:
May 2015

As part of Lincoln’s Magna Carta 800th Anniversary celebrations there will be a ‘Barons Charter Trail’, consisting of 25 five-foot, hand-painted and individually themed Barons.
From June onwards the trail will play an important part in mapping out visitor attractions, with the Barons located throughout Lincoln City, stretching from Newport Arch to the Obelisk in St Marks. Later in the year, the Barons will be auctioned to raise money for The Trussell Trust charity.

Hundreds of local artists have been involved in creating their designs, with the view that, if selected by a sponsor, they will have the opportunity to paint their design onto one of the 3D fibreglass sculptured Barons.

Chestnut Homes has sponsored a design created by Branston artist Peter Segasby. His work is titled ‘Celebrating Lincoln’s buildings over the centuries’, so it is hardly surprising that a builder of fine quality homes would choose this bright and exceptionally colourful design.

Peter Segasby explains the reasons behind the design: “Lincoln City has some of the greatest and most picturesque places and buildings in the world. It enjoys a rich agricultural heritage, adding diversity to our everyday landscapes and lives. When you peel back the many layers of what Lincoln actually represents, you will discover how precious its contribution is to us all, especially to people living and working in the area.”

Peter’s design will transform the Baron, giving it an appearance of joy and colour that pays tribute to the architectural gems of Lincoln. As an artist and co-owner of Elysium Gallery Branston, art is incredibly important to Peter. For him, it brings its own rewards, especially living and painting the Lincolnshire landscape and buildings. One of Peter’s most popular works was a night scene of Lincoln Cathedral from the Castle Square, which was sold within days of him painting it – limited signed editions continue to sell well in the gallery.

One of the final criteria in the design process, which Peter felt extremely important to consider, was to produce a Baron design that was commercially viable and would appeal to a large audience, thereby becoming popular enough to fetch a high price at auction – an historical collector’s piece that could fit conceptually in the office, public building or space, university or even the home or garden.

Peter is delighted to be representing the sponsor and to be involved in this unique project, which will showcase art across the city to thousands of visitors over the summer. Peter Segasby will report on his progress at every stage
of his journey, on the Elysium Gallery website. Visit www.elysiumgallery.co.uk and press the Magna Carta link to see how the Baron develops.

For more information contact Peter Segasby, Gallery Director, Elysium Gallery, 4 The Old Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Branston, Lincoln LN4 1LA, Tel: 01522 792511, email: info@elysiumgallery.co.uk, web:

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