Sculpture Works have been selected for two pieces of art to be located at either side of the town's railway station. These two pieces of art are to be installed during 2012.
About Sculpture Works
Sculpture Works is based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire; it is made up of Denis O’Connor, Sculptor, Bernardine Rutter, Printmaker and Arts Education Worker.
The combination of their professional disciplines has enables them to undertake a wide variety of public art projects including consultancy work / art workshops / residency / exhibition, the outcome of this work has supported the management, design, fabrication and instillation of the landmark sculpture works in England and Ireland.
Their range of skills has enabled them to co-ordinate each project with particular emphasis on the needs individual client, public audience, and context.They have established a purpose built sculpture/fabrication workshop supported by a drawing/design studio, where they undertake all our their drawing and fabrication work for each commission they undertake.
They have worked with the medium of site-specific sculpture for over eighteen years in a variety of Public, and Studio based contexts. They have through their work successfully undertaken a variety of International and National Commissions; some of these opportunities have allowed them to make-work for Urban and Rural sites within the Public and Private sectors.The work has been done in collaboration with a range of clients such as City Councils, County Councils, environmental agencies and Private companies.
The concept behind the artwork
The designs will make reference to;
The uniqueness of the town and its costal setting and the identity and development of the town’s tourism heritage, its nostalgic and playful memories for families who use Preststyn’s beaches.
The town’s origins as a Roman settlement
The start of the historically famous ‘Offas’ dyke path to Chepstow
The importance of the ‘Railway’ and the ‘Irish’ mail train
The architectural grandeur of some of the town’s buildings
Conceptually they have designed two artworks, which focus on elevating the unique and individual characteristics of the town. The two sculptures encompass a variety of different forms such as;
A] Beach / Sandcastles / Bucket and Spade / Gulls / Windmills
B] Offas Dyke Path / Walking figures / Clwydian range / Towns architecture /Roman Coins, Artefacts
The two works are designed to be directional; Sculpture A. directs train commuters to the town’s beaches and Sculpture B. to the town’s high street.
The works are designed to challenge the viewer but to also make a symbolic link with the towns past histories and present activities