Industrial sculpture unveiled

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A SCULPTURE depicting Chesterfield’s industrial past has been unveiled at Laurel Cresent, Hollingwood.

The 1.8 metre tall sculpture, carved from Derbyshire sandstone, has been created by artist Graeme Mitcheson.

Chesterfield Borough Council supported Keepmoat Homes’ decision to appoint Graeme to create the sculpture as part of the Percent for Art scheme, which now has over 60 pieces of art in the Borough.

Children from Hollingwood Primary School took part in a workshop with Graeme to generate ideas for the sculpture. Local historian and canal enthusiast, Rod Auton, also helped the children understand the history and heritage of the area.

The conical form of the sculpture reflects the ventilation shafts, found in some gardens which serviced the underground canal that links to the Chesterfield Canal. The swirling steam and flames from the base of the sculpture reflect the heavy industry that dominated the village for so many years which then gives way to branches and leaves showing how trees and plants are beginning to return to the landscape. Above this are a number of birds, now inhabiting the area as a result of the change from its industrial past.

Cllr Terry Gilby, deputy leader at Chesterfield Borough Council said: “The sculpture is a reminder of Hollingwood’s past but also gives a positive outlook on the changing landscape. It was great to have the children involved from the very beginning as they played a big part in the final design and inspiration for the artwork.”