World renowned artist Wolfgang Butteress visited the Coach and Horses in Tunstall last night to give people a closer look at the new sculpture "Golden".
Golden was commissioned from monies from the Chatterley Valley builds of the Blue Planet (Not the Genensis centre as has been reported elsewhere) and after a process to find the right artisit by Megan Ryan of Nash Peake Street Residents Association and Stoke-on-Trent City Council (Paul Bailey), with the aim to celebrate and remeber the industrial nature Tunstall played in the Potteries during it's history.
Golden will be homed sometime during July or onwards of 2012 and will replace the Potteries Pyramid which will stay in the area but will be moved onto the Reginald Mitchell Way/Chatterley Road Roundabout.
Over the next few weeks, children and members of the community will be asked to add their words to the sculpture which will be housed in small sturdy (bullet proof - but please, let's just take Wolfgang's word for it) glass bulbs. As well as local schools, local art's groups will be heading to Tunstall Market to put the to scale modle of "Golden" and ask people there to share their memories and hopes for the future. When put together it is hoped the words can be arranged to read like a epic story.
Because this is very much a community led project and people are already taking ownership of the statue, people have raised concerns that it will get vandalised as the Pyrimid was. Local residents have vowed not to let that happen and will be closley monitoring the area, and ask for more people to keep and eye on the new local landmark.
Wolfgang stressed that as part of the design that the metal used doesn't lend itself to graffiti very well, but as a safety measure comes with a core 10 coating that give's the outer skin of the structure self healing properties.
Video of Wolfgang Buttress work - see more http://wolfgangbuttress.com/