Bridgnorth Art Statue Trail 2018
Posted Tuesday August 8th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Bridgnorth Town Council is leading a community-wide project to develop and install a new statue walking trail to showcase local artists’ work. The aim is to create a family attraction for residents and tourists alike, which promotes the heritage, art and natural beauty of our town.
There will be 10-15 fibreglass statues, created from a single mould, based on a theme that represents Bridgnorth. Local artists and community groups are invited to submit design ideas. The best designs will be allocated a statue to paint, to represent an important aspect of our town. They will be on display from April to October, and then stored over the winter, repaired and maintained for their re-emergence the following year. There may be an opportunity to add further statues/themes in future years if demand grows.
A similar scheme operates in Wolverhampton called “Wolves for Wolves”. See: http://www.wolvesinwolves.co.uk/
Bridgnorth’s statues will be based on a different (locally-relevant) theme and may be smaller to blend into our townscape.
We are inviting all residents to participate in the vote to help choose what shape our statues should be. What would best represent our town? Otters, Lions, Trains, Bridge, Northgate, or something else? You decide. Voting closes on Friday 22nd September, with the winning theme used to create the statue moulds for the whole trail.
To vote, please click here
We are also looking for schools and community groups to get involved by submitting their designs for the statues, and be represented on the trail.
How is it funded?
This project will not cost any money to the Council (or tax payers). It will be managed by Councillors and volunteers, and funded via sponsorship from local businesses, whose logos will be visible on the concrete plinths. The total cost of each statue will be no more than £2,000. Businesses may part-fund a statue should they wish to participate at a lower level. Artists and community groups are asked to contribute their time in exchange for promotion of their work.
We are looking forward to working with all members of our local community to help make this project an exciting success for our town – and really put us on the map for tourists! To find out more, get in touch with Cllr Julia Buckley on: Juliabuckleylabour@gmail.com