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Plans for an exciting piece of artwork for Mytholmroyd are progressing apace, and residents are invited to get involved in upcoming consultation events! Artists have put forward their design ideas for art work to form the centre piece for the newly completed St Michael’s Square.

In a joint project by Calderdale Council, Royd Regeneration, St Michael’s Church and Yorkshire Forward, 3 artists have been chosen from around 40 applicants to submit their proposals for a piece of art to become a focal point for the village.

Please send your feedback and views on these designs to Anne Holdsworth

Andy Plant's design1. Local artist Andy Plant’s design comes in the form of an information point with seating and animated automatic rain or sun canopy.  The structure would be built from local stone with vertical side panels of copper or bronze, with information panels giving local weather conditions.  The ‘ Umbrella’  Canopy forms the copper top section of the column. It slowly opens like a flower, transforming into the protective roof sheltering the people below.

Artist Andy, from Blackshawhead, said “At over 5 metres tall, ‘Rainmate’ would be very visible from surrounding roads. Its opening would be quite a spectacle and the intention is that it would attract visitors as well as becoming a popular feature with local residents.”

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Nicolas Moretonís proposal2. Sculptor Nicolas Moreton’s proposal comprises a 4.0metre high steel spire surrounded by a circular ‘table’ of polished granite. 

The sculpture has two main themes, with the low horizontal axis acting as a traditional market cross, whilst the tall vertical axis, which would be lit from within at night, references the church, Mytholmroyd’s historical links to the weaving industry and the river Calder.  Local people would be invited to contribute words that they associate with Mytholmroyd, which would be carved into the granite.

Nicolas said “My design represents a new landmark for a new square, providing not only a new focus but a place to meet at, sit at, trade or even perform from”.

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White Light3. The third proposal comes from artist Tony Stallard. ‘Whitelight’ is a 4metre tall obelisk of local dry stone construction.  A white light would come from the interior of the sculpture through ‘window’ panels on the side, and also from the pyramidal top. 

Tony said “The intention of this sculpture would be to create a spiritual centre that would be a place of meditation and reflection.  The work references the local area in a number of ways, with the light suggesting a spiritual space, which would be heightened at dusk.  This would be a dramatic work that in time would become a meeting point that would inspire civic pride, suggesting a kind of contemporary market cross.”

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Councillor Amanda Byrne, Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Development, said: “It’s great to see how three very different proposals have been developed, and see how Mytholroyd has been interpreted by the artists involved.

“We’d really love local people to get involved in this ambitious project, and give us their comments on the designs.

“Any one of these would create a real sense of place for Mytholmroyd that local people can enjoy and take pride in.”

Vicar of Mytholmroyd, James Allison said: “We’re delighted with the range of submissions from our three chosen artists, and we will have a difficult task to select the final design to be installed in the new square."

The three design concepts will now be put on display in Mytholmroyd, so that local people can comment on the different proposals.  The work is on display in the empty shop window at 13 Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, and in the foyer of St Michael’s Church Hall, where comments can be left in a comments box.


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