Spireites’ new sculpture unveiled

New Percent for Art Sculpture at the B2NET Staduim. Artist Ron Thompson with Carol Wilby Chief Executive, Chesterfield Football Club
New Percent for Art Sculpture at the B2NET Staduim. Artist Ron Thompson with Carol Wilby Chief Executive, Chesterfield Football Club

TALENTED artists officially unveiled Chesterfield Football Club’s new estimated £130,000 gateway after designing and crafting the sculpture on the town’s Crooked Spire and the Blues’ logo.

The Spireites, based at the new £13m B2net stadium, off Sheffield Road, at Whittington Moor, arranged for the sculptures to be built as part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s Percent-for-Art scheme and the project was agreed during the ground’s planning process.

Sculptors Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson, of Walsall-based Planet Art, crafted the 25ft high metal structure - dubbed The Spires - after consulting supporters and it was unveiled yesterday (Monday).

Julie said: “This one year project has been a labour of love, we’ve already had some compliments from fans and we hope everyone will like it.”

Planet Art clinched the contract to design and craft the work, which includes two metal spire-styled structures for the ground which was completed by developers Wilson Bowden, last year, but Julie Edwards declined to reveal how much gateway had cost.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Percent-for-Art scheme invites developers of projects costing over £1m to include a work of art worth one per cent of the total development cost.