Heanor’s new art landmark

new sculpture on the Derby Road and Market Street Gateway at Heanor
new sculpture on the Derby Road and Market Street Gateway at Heanor

A NEW £20,000 work of art, created by an up-and-coming local artist, has been erected in Heanor.

The Heanor Wings and Wheel sculpture by Rachel Carter is set on a sandstone base at the junction of Derby Road and Market Street and will be officially unveiled in June.

The 2.75-metre high steel structure was commissioned by Amber Valley Borough Council with money earmarked for tourism and arts, after consultation with local people and businesses.

Rachel, who comes from Heanor, said: “The sculpture is very modern in appearance and may not be to everyone’s taste, but with time I hope it will become as well known and loved as the Lions in Nottingham or the Flying Geese in Belper.”

Cabinet support member for regeneration, councillor Kevin Parkinson said: “The sculpture represents both Heanor’s industrial past and its aspirations for the future.

“We appreciate the town centre has taken a knock due to the adverse economic conditions and the loss of recent high profile businesses hasn’t helped.

“There are undoubtedly more challenges ahead but this piece of art is innovative, striking and creates a landmark for Heanor which I hope will become a symbol for the town centre’s ambitions for the future.”

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The sculpture is in addition to works last year to improve paving and to demolish derelict buildings in the town and coincides with a £120,000 investment in Heanor Memorial Park.”

The public art will be officially unveiled at a ceremony on a date yet to be confirmed.

Rachel’s work has been exhibited across the country and she has been invited to exhibit for the second time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, where some of her pieces have been nominated for a prestigious national award.

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