"He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary. 'It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,' he used to say. 'You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'" Frodo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien, Three Is Company, The Fellowship of the Ring
Ruth Tufnell, Director of Art at Radley College welcomed visitors to the launch of the Footfall exhibition with these words from one of Summertown’s most famous residents. She described how appropriate it felt, bringing Tolkien inspired clay moulded feet into the heart of Summertown, at the Turrill Sculpture Garden.
Developing this theme, Ms Tufnell explained how for the 150 freshers into the College at age 13, each step brings a different experience and the potential to be inspired, to expand their passion for knowledge and for learning new skills.
The Footfall exhibition includes a meander of clay moulded feet, of all shapes and sizes, wending their way through the garden, produced by the year 9 students, as well as a number of larger pieces created by older boys at the school.
Just take that first step, you don’t know where it could lead you!