Starring role for budding sculptors

Published 4 September 2014

Youngsters who had a hand in designing and creating a star-spangled sculpture helped with its unveiling at the gateway to a WDH estate in Castleford.

Sculptor Dan Jones has worked closely with WDH, Cutsyke Community Group, children from Ackton Pastures School and Groundwork Wakefield  to help design the piece of artwork.

On Wednesday residents from Cutsyke Estate joined Cutsyke Community Group and representatives from WDH, including Chief Executive Kevin Dodd, to reveal the work at the entrance to Westwood Road.

This celebration event marked the end of a major environmental improvement scheme which has transformed the visual appearance of the estate. The work included new boundary wall treatments with metal inserts, metal gates and the provision of much needed off street parking.

Dan worked with children from Ackton Pastures Primary School , inviting them to his South Yorkshire workshop to help them develop their ideas. They wanted an abstract piece of art with a futuristic theme, so Dan incorporated stars into the design and added influences from local sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

It took three months to carve the Kilkenny limestone into three distinct shapes – a plinth to signify the keystone and stability, a section representing the undulating landscape and a ‘ball’ of stars to symbolise a new arrival on the site.

Dan, who has completed other sculptures for WDH across the Wakefield district, said: “I wanted to make it abstract and tactile.”

WDH Area Manager Joanne Smith thanked Cutsyke residents and Groundwork Wakefield for their input and support. She said: “I think you will agree the estate looks absolutely fantastic.”

Rheta Davison MBE, of the community group, also thanked Groundwork and added: “We would like to think that the residents will look after it and make it look as good as new all the time.”





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