As part of an initiative to improve the image of Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council commissioned Oswestry based Castle Fine Arts to design and create a 3 metre high sculpture to stand outside of The Central Library in Ashton under Lyne.
Frank Travis is the Economic Initiatives Manager at Tameside MBC “It is our hope that visitors will associate the sculpture as a local town landmark for many years. For this reason the sculpture has to be weather and vandal resistant, easy to clean and most importantly it has to last for at least 15 to 20 years”.
Castle Fine Arts have been designing and casting sculptures since 1990. Steel sculptures are mostly galvanized due to the complete and long lasting protection afforded by this process.
Chris Jones of Castle Fine Arts called upon local company Shropshire Galvanizers to carry out the galvanizing. “We worked closely with Shropshire Galvanizers to help us design the sculpture so that we would achieve the best results possible. As you can see, the piece is complex and so the quality of the finish was very important to us. They were very helpful right through the design and fabrication process and the results speak for themselves”.
Also shown, The Sculpture Park, based in Surrey, exhibited a Mammoth sculpture created by Castle Fine Arts at the Chelsea Flower show earlier this year. The Mammoth was created using the same technique as Tameside’s library sculpture and was also galvanized by Shropshire Galvanizers.