Hercules Meets Galatea unveiled at Cambridge North
A new sculpture by artist Matthew Darbyshire has been unveiled in Cambridge Square, outside Cambridge North station. Part of a series of arts projects commissioned and supported by The Chesterton Partnership developing Cambridge North, the sculpture depicts Greco-Roman deities Hercules and Galatea and challenges traditional perceptions by portraying Galatea as the strong, dynamic and empowered figure challenging Hercules who is sculpted to appear rigid and dated.
The sculpture explores analogue and digital making methods to create two contrasting figures. Galatea, produced digitally, conveys power and poise and reflects the precision with which she was crafted, whereas Hercules is a shakier, hand-made form. The sculptor has positioned the figures to create a charged and compelling relationship between the two methods of making.