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The Jurors is an artwork by Hew Locke to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede.
The twelve highly decorated chairs stand in the meadow challenging the viewer to think about the influence the Magna Carta has had. The chairs suggest meetings have been and will be held here, the seats are rubbed as if they have been worn down over the years. Each chair has imagery on both the front and back with flowers and keys around the seat and legs, each is different and represent times in history and particular issues.
I haven't taken photos of all the chairs, just a few but if you would like to know more about them, here's the National Trust website with an itemised account of each chair.
|Nelson Mandela's prison cell|
|This chair represents Freedom of Speech|
|Black Eyed Susan representing Justice in the Victorian language of flowers|
|A hollow baob tree found in Australia|
|Egyptian scalse representing truth, justice and balance|
|The house where Aung San Suu Kyi was held in house arrest|
|Oscar Wilde's imprisonment and gay rights|
|Lillie Lenton and the suffragettes|
|Harvey Milk's loudhailer calling for gay rights|
They certainly were a talking point whilst we were there. Visitors are urged to sit on the artwork and touch all the intricate details.