Maggi Hambling selected to create sculpture commemorating Mary Wollstonecraft

Artist Maggi Hambling has been selected to create a public sculpture that will celebrate the “foremother of feminism” Mary Wollstonecraft. The Mary on the Green campaign, which has been calling for a permanent memorial to the philosopher since 2011, unanimously chose Hambling for the sculpture. Hambling’s sculpture features a figure—described as an everywoman—emerging out of organic matter and is inspired by Wollstonecraft’s claim to be “the first of a new genus.”  Wollstonecraft’s words, “I do not wish women to have power over men but over themselves.” will be engraved at the base of the sculptur.