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County Suffolk   District Council Suffolk Coastal 
Civil Parish or equivalent Woodbridge  Town/Village* Woodbridge 
Road Quay Road 
Precise Location On green opposite entrance to Woodbridge Baptist Quay Church 
OS Grid Ref 1.318 52.091  Postcode IP12 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Green facing Quay road  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Rick Kirby  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

Woodbridge Baptist Quay Church, with funding from a member of the congregation 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling

01 April 2016 


Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Hands

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Hands  Welded steel  8 ft H. 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Woodbridge Baptist Quay Church 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Signatures/Marks Rick Kirby 2016 
Inscriptions I HOLD AND AM HELD, on right hand 

Description (physical)

Cupped protective hands, with a main frontal viewpoint from Quay street. 

Description (iconographical)

The sculpture, commissioned in 2014 by the church following the refurbishment of their buildings in 2013, was unveiled on 01 April 2016. The commission was for a sculpture which caught the eye of and welcomed visitors. The inscription was chosen to encourage the congregation to put their trust in God. The photographs on the church’s sculpture website show the development of the desig: from two pencil drawings of the artist’s hands, through a mould of his hand, expanded into a full size polystyrene model, which formed the basis for the cast. This must then have been cut into small sheets which were welded together with the text on the right hand 'I HOLD AND AM HELD’ not yet in place. The proposal for 'I PUT MY HOPE IN GOD' for the left hand was not included in the final work. The later photos on he church sculpture website show the preparation of the site and the installation. 


Date taken:  4/6/2017
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  4/6/2017

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References 


Date entered:  5/6/2017

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke