ARTIST Adrian Moakes has taken inspiration for the new sculpture that he has designed for Oakwell Hall Country Park from the park itself.
This week, he was showing off the new design for the sculpture, which was commissioned by the group Friends of Oakwell, who secured lottery funding for it from Awards for All.
Adrian involved local people in the design process and ran a series of events last autumn to get people’s views. The sessions included sculpture making with children from Fieldhead School and local community groups as well as leading public consultation events.
As the site for the sculpture is a reclaimed colliery field in the grounds of Oakwell Hall, Adrian has taken inspiration from the original coal forming plants (tree ferns and calamites) that were growing millions of years ago and from their present day descendants that are still growing in the Country Park today.
The result is a dramatic piece of sculpture which stands over six metres tall and which should sit comfortably in its country park surroundings.
Adrian will be making the sculpture in his workshop in the next few weeks and it is due to be installed in April.