My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

My diary pages are followed by thousands of artists, art students and art lovers in over 50 countries.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Proud Sculpture = A Proud Town…

That was the newspaper headline on the 9th of October 1999.  It announced the unveiling of my two bronze figures - a lock keeper and small boy - for the town of Sowerby Bridge in the North of England.  The article continued as follows:

The sceptics said that this small Yorkshire mill town would never be able to raise the money to pay for this sculpture, but it did.  The donations came in from all over the place, the dentist, the sweet shop, the bobby on the beat and the old ladies on a pension who dipped into their savings.  The local newsagent has a vested interest in the lock keeper’s boot laces: after all, he paid for them!
When Prince Charles got wind of the project, he also chipped in handsomely.  He didn’t sell off his football boots, but someone in the town sold off theirs, and the proceeds went towards the Sculpture Fund.

One of my fondest mementoes is a letter I received soon after the unveiling from one of those old ladies on a pension.  It reads in part:

I don’t know much about art, but I do know that your sculpture will always be loved by the people of this town.

In turn, I will always be grateful to the people of Sowerby Bridge for having confidence in my work.  Our joint effort went on to win a UK National Award for Public Sculpture.  Incidentally, this was the sculpture that gave birth to my website diary. 

That’s me in the hat – I wore the same hat to town today!

1 comment:

  1. I love this sculpture and probably see it on average once a week!