The Swirl

The Swirl


Didcot Orchard Centre


Maria Rosa Kramer

Project Overview

m-tec produced this dramatic sculpture - called 'The Swirl'

Designed by architect Maria Rosa Kramer, this stainless steel culpture is now turning the heads of locals and visitors to Didcot. 

The Swirl was created for the Orchard Shopping Centre in the town and members of the Darwen-based m-tec team were also involved in its installation. 

The sculpture stands eight metres high and is supported by three vertical legs. Its fabrication is grade 316 stainless steel, which is mirror polished and it is finished with red paint on one of its faces to represent the colour of an apple. 

Tom Elliot, the divisional manager of m-tec said: "We are delighted to have turned Maria's vision into reality. The finished piece of artwork really is striking." 

The owners of the shopping centre and the public in Didcot have given great feedback on this stunning sculpture and they are delighted to have it as a centrepiece of their shopping area. 

"The Swirl is the latest in a series of high-profile artwork which m-tec has been commissioned to create and, as with all our projects our skills in high-quality architectural fabrication stand out." 

Artists Vision

Inspired by Oxfordshire's great apple growing tradition, Maria's vision for the stunning sculpture was for it to resemble the peeling of an apple and refers to the name of the town centre and surrounding orchards.

Maria said: "I love Didcot and it's a huge privilege for me that this sculpture is coming here and hopefully enhancing this wonderful town."

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