Windsor Membership Commissions Sculpture in Honor of Late Co-Founder W. Galen Weston
Windsor, a renowned luxury residential sporting club community in Vero Beach, Florida, dedicated a sculpture in honor of the community’s late co-founder W. Galen Weston (1940 – 2021) at a ceremony on the grounds of Windsor on Friday, November 25, 2022. Designed by celebrated British contemporary artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin, the sculpture depicts an architect’s compass.
Mr. Weston passed away peacefully at home at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida, on April 12, 2021, at the age of 80, after a long illness faced with courage and dignity.
The sculpture was funded entirely by the W. Galen Weston Memorial Sculpture Committee spearheaded by Windsor Member, Charlie Baillie.
“Shortly after Galen passed away, several Members expressed the view that we should undertake a project to honor the individual who, together with his beloved wife Hilary, had the vision, desire and determination to conceive and develop this unique paradisiacal community which has so enhanced and changed many of our lives,” stated Baillie.
The Hon. Hilary M. Weston and Alannah Weston, Mr. Weston’s wife and daughter, invited Sir Michael Craig-Martin to design a sculpture that would represent the many facets of Mr. Weston’s character and legacy at Windsor.
“I chose the compass as the object that would best represent Galen as thinker, planner and creator. His foresight, passion and commitment is nowhere more evident than here at Windsor,” said Craig-Martin of his design. “The compass’ monumental scale seems a fitting tribute to capture his boundless ambition and achievements.”
Standing at 13 feet in height, the magenta-colored, galvanized steel sculpture has been installed at the terminus of Windsor Boulevard, the community’s major thoroughfare, where it is framed by a stunning view of Windsor’s Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course.
The Weston family, a significant supporter of the arts, founded The Gallery at Windsor in 2002. Home to important works from the George Weston Collection, The Gallery also invites curators to respond to the space with museum-quality shows of contemporary works, including paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture and multi-media.
In 2019, The Gallery at Windsor presented Craig-Martin in his most comprehensive exhibition in the United States at that time. Comprising more than 35 paintings, sculptures, prints and editions, the exhibition entitled Present Sense was the second annual exhibition at Windsor in a three-year curatorial collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
For more information on Windsor visit www.windsorflorida.com
About W. Galen Weston
Galen Weston (1940 – 2021) was a business innovator and Chairman of George Weston Limited, one of North America’s largest food processing and distribution companies. He was also the Chairman of Selfridges Group, a collection of iconic department stores that included Selfridges & Co (U.K.), Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy’s (Canada), Brown Thomas and Arnotts (Ireland) and de Bijenkorf (the Netherlands). In recognition of his charitable work, Mr. Weston was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1990, awarded the Order of Ontario in 2005 and invested by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2018.
Windsor is a private residential sporting club community spanning 472 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers civic and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in several styles including village homes, cottages, and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living. Residents enjoy privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services, and sporting activities. windsorflorida.com
About Sir Michael Craig-Martin
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin Ireland in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He has lived and worked in Britain since 1966. Throughout his career Craig-Martin has produced work in a variety of media. He explores the nature and basic principles of visual language and our perceptions using everyday objects, images and materials. The body of his work has become a comprehensive record of the objects of our time. Craig-Martin is well known to have been an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College, London. He was a Tate Trustee from 1989 to 1999, was awarded a CBE in 2000 and was elected an RA in 2006. In 2016 he was knighted in The Queen’s Birthday Honors for his services to art. He is represented in London by Gagosian Gallery and Cristea Roberts Gallery.