What do you aspire to?
Wednesday 31st October 2007
'A Spire for Mansfield', the final piece of town centre public art was officially launched in the town centre on Tuesday 30th October 2007.
Mansfield Mayor, Tony Egginton officially launched the sculpture alongside the artists who designed the piece, Wolfgang and Heron. Music students from West Notts College also marked the occasion with an acoustic performance.
Throughout the day, children from High Oakham School, students from West Notts College and passers by were asked to write their aspirations on a giant portrait of the Spire beside the sculpture. Recording their hopes and dreams in this way will create a new piece of art to go on display in the Civic Centre.
Councillor Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:
"This piece of public art is so inspirational - I am delighted to ask the school, college and members of the public their views to create another piece of art.
"Public art is all about engaging the local community; the intention is to make people stop and think about Mansfield in a much more positive way. I am looking forward to seeing people's hopes and dreams written down - it will be truly interesting to read just how imaginative our residents and visitors are in their aspirations".
'A Spire for Mansfield' can be found on the junction of Westgate and Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield. The sculpture is a 13 metre tall stainless steel feather. Taking just three hours to put in place, it now towers above the trees and buildings surrounding it.
The sculpture takes its inspiration from a range of things, including the canaries used in the mines, links with Sherwood Forest and the aspirations of the people of Mansfield.
The installation of the 'Spire' completes the trio of sculptures in the town centre, which were commissioned using £150,000 of Liveability Fund money granted specifically for public art. 'Amphitheatre', located at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Street was installed in February and more recently in June, 'High Heels' was installed on the corner of Quaker Way and Albert Street.