Sculpture Approved as Part of Art Trail of Walsall Mining History

The Birmingham Post (England), May 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

Sculpture Approved as Part of Art Trail of Walsall Mining History


Byline: STEVE BRADLEY

A towering piece of public art depicting Walsall's coal-mining history has been given the go-ahead.

A scale replica of the Walsall Wood No 1 Pit Mine Head Gear will be erected in Oak Park, Walsall Wood.

The 14-metre sculpture will form part of a trail of five pieces of public art, costing pounds 45,000, which is a key element in a pounds 194,910 project to improve the A461 corridor in the north of Walsall.

Walsall Council's development control committee approved the scheme on Tuesday. Aldridge North and Walsall Wood councillor Keith Sears said he and his fellow Conservative councillors Mike Flower and Anthony Harris had been lobbying for the model of the colliery, which opened in 1874 and closed in 1964, for about a year.

Coun Sears said: "I think it's fantastic that it is going ahead. The three councillors and a steering group which involves members of the public have been working hard to get this.

"The sculpture reflects the heritage of the area, and we think it's needed in order to give the area its own identity..

There was a coalmine near to the junction of Brownhills Road and Lindon Road, and the artwork will be in memory of people who worked and died there. …

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