ST MICHAEL'S SQUARE
NICOLAS MORETON'S PROPOSAL
The reclaiming back for the people of St Michael’s Square is the beginning of a new era for the town of Mytholmroyd. All settlements need a meeting space for socializing, trading and entertaining. My aim is not only to create a piece of public art that gives a site a focus but more importantly to create a work with a social purpose. A work that will bring a function as well as bringing a new aesthetic strength.
The spire at the centre of the work reflects upon the site (the church), past industries and the place (the river). The spire will be made from durable corten steel sheet with the tip of the cone being high polished stainless steel which will represent the tip of the needle. The cone itself will have a laser cut river (valley warp pattern), motif design to reflect upon the river not only as a light source but also as a source of power that fed the mills.
The spire will be lit from dusk to dawn by a 400w metal halide light. The light will illuminate the river motif and create a beacon of light / hope through the dark hours. For special events this internal light could be red or blue to create a different look.