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Everything you need to know about the Eudaemonium, the 13-foot wooden and bronze book that’s appeared in Altrincham town centre

By David Prior at

A new sculpture depicting a ‘living book’ is being erected outside the South Trafford Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The ‘Eudaemonium’ is being installed at the corner of Market Street and the former Pott Street in the grounds of the former Altrincham General Hospital.

It’s a 13-foot wooden and bronze sculpture that contains a cupboard complete with shelves and beautiful artwork.

The ‘Eudaemonium’ being installed this week

Artist Stephen Broadbent was commissioned to create an artwork which would symbolise the benefits the complex will provide.

The new building – which is scheduled to be completed later this month – will also house the new Altrincham Library, which is relocating from Stamford New Road.

Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said: “The sculpture will not only look good but will also be a valuable educational tool for young people from the area. I am looking forward to seeing it on completion.”

The ‘Eudaemonium’ is located within the grounds of the new South Trafford Health and Wellbeing Centre

Project manager Julia Johnson, from Broadbent Studios, said: “We want it to bring something to the community. The concept of it is a collection of recipes, remedies and art. The cupboard will be locked with a special key available from the library.

“The word ‘Eudaemonium’ has been invented specifically for this sculpture, and is derived from the Ancient Greek eudaemonia which translates as happiness or welfare.

“The intention is for The Eudaemonium to become a “living book” that will grow as people contribute their own ideas for promoting learning. With its book-like design, The Eudaemonium is intended as a place for people to gather, relax and learn.”

The sculpture is due to be completed this week.

The inscribing inside the new sculpture