The Heron Bench
Type Sculpture , Street Furniture
This circular bench is divided into three sections by the sculpted herons that form the back of each seat. The sculpture sits on a round stone base, surrounded by a circle of cobblestones.
This sculptural bench forms part of the Washlands Sculpture Trail which was set up by the Borough of East Staffordshire's Leisure Services with support from the Burton and District Arts Council, Burton Civic Society, Burton-upon-Trent Technical College and West Midlands Arts. Financial aid and materials were supplied by the sponsors and local businesses. The sculptures are intended to "offer innovative interpretations of the natural, social and historical heritage of this unique area and its relevance to the people of Burton today". (1) The projects deliberately involved local people, especially schools and various community groups.
The work was inspired by herons, which are regular visitors to the Washlands.
On a plinth near the bench: 'THE HERON BENCH'/ BY NIGEL HOBBINS/ THIS SCULPTURE WAS UNVEILED BY THE MAYOR OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE/ COUNCILLOR PETER HAYES/ ON 25 SEPTEMBER 1995/ COMMISSIONED BY THE BOROUGH OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE/ SUPPORTED BY BURTON CIVIC SOCIETY,/ BURTON & DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND/ BURTON UPON TRENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE/ WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO/ BITHAM SCHOOL AND WATERSIDE DAY CENTRE
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