Thursday, 06 August 2020

Uri Geller donates sculpture to Sonning

URI GELLER is to give a spoon sculpture to Sonning as he leaves the village and returns to his native Israel after 45 years

URI GELLER is to give a spoon sculpture to Sonning as he leaves the village and returns to his native Israel after 45 years.

The artwork, made from thick steel and designed by artist Paul Wells, will be revealed on Monday.

It comes as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly house-hunting in Sonning.

Geller, 68, said the sculpture would have a ?very futuristic flair?. The piece will be riveted to a large tree stump situated off the towpath near Sonning Lock, opposite George Clooney?s home, the Grade II listed Mill House, which the actor bought last year with his wife Amal Alamuddin.

Geller, who has moved to an apartment in Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv with his wife Hanna, said: ?It?s off the towpath so it doesn?t disturb anyone but everyone will be able to see it.

?When George looks out of the window he?ll be able to see this sculpture but I chose the stump a long time ago before he bought the house. It happens to be opposite his island.

?I know George has very good taste from his movies and so does his wife. I see what she wears and the way she handles herself and I think they would love anything that pleases the eye.?

He said the sculpture was a gift to the ?amazing? people of Sonning.

?The atmosphere in the village is magical,? he said. ?My son is a barrister in London and I told him that whenever I come to visit him we?re definitely going to drive up to Sonning and sit by the river and visit my mother?s grave.

?My greatest memories are embedded in the village and I?ll never, ever forget Sonning.?

Geller said the future of his Sonning home had not yet been decided and that Pitt and Jolie would be welcome to buy it.

?If Brad Pitt loves the house and really wants to move next door to George Clooney then this is the house for him,? he said. ?This is the best area in the world I would say.?

Pitt is thought to be spending several months in the UK for a new project and is looking for a home.

He is no stranger to the English countryside having filmed some of the scenes for the film Fury in Shirburn, near Watlington, in 2013.

Pat Doyle, former chairman of Sonning Parish Council, who retired in June, said: ?I think it?s a very original idea and it?ll be a lasting tribute to him as far as Sonning is concerned.

?Uri?s a great character and very recently he has done some very good things for the community.?

On the possible arrival of Hollywood?s most famous couple, Mr Doyle said: ?I think the more the merrier. You?ve got Jimmy Page and Theresa May and now George Clooney here.

?I mean, crikey, it does wonders for the tourist trade in Sonning and maybe the house prices as well. I think there has been a terrific surge of interest.?

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