The sculpture at Chesterfield’s Horns Bridge roundabout has been officially launched.
Town mayor Alexis Diouf, switched on the low-energy lights which will illuminate the sculpture named Growth, at a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 12.
The project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, was in response to requests from local businesses to improve the gateways into the town centre.
The sculpture was designed by Derbyshire-based artist Melanie Jackson and features a wheel, or cog, integrated into the landscape showing the borough’s industrial heritage with an opening bud or flower rising out of the centre.
Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration John Burrows, said: “After months of hand work from all of the partners included in the project, our latest landmark is now completed and illuminated for all to see.
“It is a true feat of engineering and I’m proud that for people entering the town centre from the M1 and by train, this will be the first thing they will see – a bold statement about the regeneration and growth of the borough.”
Melanie Jackson, the artist who designed the sculpture added: “I’m really pleased and proud of what we have achieved, I would like to say particular thanks to Chris Brammall Ltd who manufactured the sculpture and did a stunning job.
“I hope the sculpture will become a well-known positive landmark for the town for many years to come.”
The design was chosen by members of the public and business leaders in consultation events held in summer 2013.
The project was co-ordinated by Landscape Architects TEP with NT Killingley Ltd as the principal contractor.
The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by Barratt Homes.
This funding can only be used to make improvements to the town’s gateways and for public artwork. It cannot be used to fund any other council services.
John Dillon, managing director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We are delighted to hear that the new artwork at Hornsbridge Island has now been officially launched.
“Community investment is extremely important to us as a company and we are very proud to have been a part of this exciting project, which has had such a significant impact on the landscape of Chesterfield.”