New Blackburn sculpture plan unveiled

A sketch of the new sculpture, which will be  made entirely of metal

A sketch of the new sculpture, which will be made entirely of metal

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLANS have been submitted to install another metal sculpture on a roundabout at the gateway to Blackburn.

Newground chief Nick Riley has asked Blackburn with Darwen Council for permission to install the artwork on the Haslingden Road roundabout near DW Fitness and Eurogarages HQ.

The sculpture, made entirely of metal and featuring a figure of a woman sat down with their palm outstretched, has long hair made out of steel chains.

It has been made by Chorley artist John Everiss as part of a display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and it is hoped that once the show is over, it can be shipped to Blackburn to take pride of place on the road.

The move follows the successful relocation of the stags sculpture which was made by Mr Everiss under the same circumstances last year before being relocated to the roundabout outside Royal Blackburn Hospital. And with the beehive sculpture adorning the roundabout by Shadsworth Industrial Estate, it will mean there is artwork on every roundabout on the approach to Blackburn from the M65.

Artist John Everiss said following the success of the stags last year, he and Nick Riley had come up with the concept for this year’s piece before it was designed.

Mr Everiss said: “Nick has been doing some work with young people who have been helped by the Reachout project in Darwen, which promotes creating a better life through various means, including horticulture. So the design reflects that as we have the girl who is about to go on a journey from despair to the better end of the garden.”

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11:14am Thu 15 May 14

oldblue says...

Are our councillors completely mad? I realise that it is only other peoples money that they are spending, and therefore it doesn't matter, but why on earth is Blackburn being blighted with these monstrosities at various roundabouts in the approach to the town. What is wrong with trees and shrubs. A fraction of the price and better to look at. What this godawful town that we call home needs is more greenery, not some industrial fabrications at enormous expense for us , the long suffering ratepayer,
Are our councillors completely mad? I realise that it is only other peoples money that they are spending, and therefore it doesn't matter, but why on earth is Blackburn being blighted with these monstrosities at various roundabouts in the approach to the town. What is wrong with trees and shrubs. A fraction of the price and better to look at. What this godawful town that we call home needs is more greenery, not some industrial fabrications at enormous expense for us , the long suffering ratepayer, oldblue
  • Score: 66

11:22am Thu 15 May 14

UrbanGreener says...

What about the despair of the unemployed in Blackburn?
What about the despair of the unemployed in Blackburn? UrbanGreener
  • Score: 53

11:26am Thu 15 May 14

trajan says...

Does it have a syringe in the other hand about to shoot up because that's what it looks like to me!
Does it have a syringe in the other hand about to shoot up because that's what it looks like to me! trajan
  • Score: 55

11:30am Thu 15 May 14

burner says...

Exellent effort for a 5 year old. Welcome to the capital of SCROUNGE !
Exellent effort for a 5 year old. Welcome to the capital of SCROUNGE ! burner
  • Score: 46

11:33am Thu 15 May 14

Jarisleif5 says...

Will it have a sign with it as well which reads "Welcome to Blackburn. This will become the normality of what you will see on our streets soon enough"
Will it have a sign with it as well which reads "Welcome to Blackburn. This will become the normality of what you will see on our streets soon enough" Jarisleif5
  • Score: 48

11:40am Thu 15 May 14

A Darener says...

Begging capital of the northwest? What a terrible image.
Why not celebrate years of industrial history by portraying something to do with Blackburn's past, not its future.
Begging capital of the northwest? What a terrible image. Why not celebrate years of industrial history by portraying something to do with Blackburn's past, not its future. A Darener
  • Score: 64

12:23pm Thu 15 May 14

richard says...

A Darener wrote:
Begging capital of the northwest? What a terrible image.
Why not celebrate years of industrial history by portraying something to do with Blackburn's past, not its future.
Classic.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Begging capital of the northwest? What a terrible image. Why not celebrate years of industrial history by portraying something to do with Blackburn's past, not its future.[/p][/quote]Classic. richard
  • Score: 47

12:33pm Thu 15 May 14

woolywords says...

If you think about, it does, in a way, represent Blackburn of some years ago.
There's no begging in the entrance to the Market, The Mall, the Spiral, Lord Square, on the benches next to the Cathedral or around the Boulevard, as they've got rid of them all.
The places, not the beggars, I mean.
Perhaps this could be the only permissible place for beggars to congregate, on a roundabout, where passing motorists can throw coins to them, 'for the bus fare to Darwen...'
If you think about, it does, in a way, represent Blackburn of some years ago. There's no begging in the entrance to the Market, The Mall, the Spiral, Lord Square, on the benches next to the Cathedral or around the Boulevard, as they've got rid of them all. The places, not the beggars, I mean. Perhaps this could be the only permissible place for beggars to congregate, on a roundabout, where passing motorists can throw coins to them, 'for the bus fare to Darwen...' woolywords
  • Score: -45

12:34pm Thu 15 May 14

A Darener says...

Don't you mean Burnley?
Don't you mean Burnley? A Darener
  • Score: 41

12:40pm Thu 15 May 14

ossym says...

1st impressions count.
Who are the madmen behind this?
Are they on the payroll of Preston council? -if not they should be!
1st impressions count. Who are the madmen behind this? Are they on the payroll of Preston council? -if not they should be! ossym
  • Score: 47

12:54pm Thu 15 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

Looks like a beggar to me, or a Councilor, scrounging more of our hard earned. Good photo opportunity though. I can see all sorts going in that hand and appearing on Facebook.
Looks like a beggar to me, or a Councilor, scrounging more of our hard earned. Good photo opportunity though. I can see all sorts going in that hand and appearing on Facebook. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 48

2:16pm Thu 15 May 14

jinkyjase says...

Aside from the inappropriate use of council tax payers money etc - what a depressing piece! I like the Bee Hive, not only because it's eye-catching but also because it is in sync with the Borough badge - so it relevant.

Also, why do drivers need artworks anyway?? Surely it's more important to see what's coming from the right, rather than gawping at something straight ahead. Be interesting to see how the council react to someone suing them for causing an accident due to be distracted!
Aside from the inappropriate use of council tax payers money etc - what a depressing piece! I like the Bee Hive, not only because it's eye-catching but also because it is in sync with the Borough badge - so it relevant. Also, why do drivers need artworks anyway?? Surely it's more important to see what's coming from the right, rather than gawping at something straight ahead. Be interesting to see how the council react to someone suing them for causing an accident due to be distracted! jinkyjase
  • Score: 50

3:49pm Thu 15 May 14

catburn says...

Although a lover of art and culture, I must confess that this sculpture, whilst though provoking, is not a reflection of the town or what the town would want. Blackburn is a town on the up, not the down and it would have been more appropriate to have a piece reflective of the town's identity or culture, something inspiring, meaningul and relevant, which this is not...
Although a lover of art and culture, I must confess that this sculpture, whilst though provoking, is not a reflection of the town or what the town would want. Blackburn is a town on the up, not the down and it would have been more appropriate to have a piece reflective of the town's identity or culture, something inspiring, meaningul and relevant, which this is not... catburn
  • Score: -39

4:11pm Thu 15 May 14

wilddog says...

Who agreed to buy it and was there a meeting or perhaps a passing of brown envelopes?
Who agreed to buy it and was there a meeting or perhaps a passing of brown envelopes? wilddog
  • Score: 39

4:15pm Thu 15 May 14

hasslem hasslem says...

bet none of you saddos would have appreciated the angel of the north before it happened, what about the standing men on formby beach, eiffel tower or even darwen tower, the singing ringing tree, the shuttle in nelson or alice nutter in roughlee

its a tiny sculpture - get over it
bet none of you saddos would have appreciated the angel of the north before it happened, what about the standing men on formby beach, eiffel tower or even darwen tower, the singing ringing tree, the shuttle in nelson or alice nutter in roughlee its a tiny sculpture - get over it hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -48

4:18pm Thu 15 May 14

Excluded again says...

Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money.

A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object.
Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money. A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object. Excluded again
  • Score: 39

4:43pm Thu 15 May 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Excluded again wrote:
Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money.

A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object.
just like the rutting stags that they all complained about last time.

get a statue of a curmudgeon and they would all approve.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money. A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object.[/p][/quote]just like the rutting stags that they all complained about last time. get a statue of a curmudgeon and they would all approve. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 30

5:25pm Thu 15 May 14

Mothernature says...

Although I saw a child reaching for help, my first thought was children coming forward after being abused or sexually assaulted. Obviously, once I read the story, I realised no one would be that brave to admit that our neck of the woods has a problem with paedophiles and was celebrating those who have had the strength & courage to stand up & ask for help.
Although I saw a child reaching for help, my first thought was children coming forward after being abused or sexually assaulted. Obviously, once I read the story, I realised no one would be that brave to admit that our neck of the woods has a problem with paedophiles and was celebrating those who have had the strength & courage to stand up & ask for help. Mothernature
  • Score: 40

5:31pm Thu 15 May 14

richard says...

So far we have either a beggar or an abused child on the route into town.

Welcome to Blackburn!
So far we have either a beggar or an abused child on the route into town. Welcome to Blackburn! richard
  • Score: 42

6:04pm Thu 15 May 14

phil kernot says...

Oh my good how dare they even think of putting a so called piece of art in the the gateway to blackburn looks like a heroin addict , negative blackburn it will remind people of , so every body get to the planning office and say no , no so called councilors praying this waste of money saying yes it looks good ,, get off your expenses paid backside and represent us at the meeting. ,,,, I will contact the national newspapers if this is allowed... Sick and twisted
Oh my good how dare they even think of putting a so called piece of art in the the gateway to blackburn looks like a heroin addict , negative blackburn it will remind people of , so every body get to the planning office and say no , no so called councilors praying this waste of money saying yes it looks good ,, get off your expenses paid backside and represent us at the meeting. ,,,, I will contact the national newspapers if this is allowed... Sick and twisted phil kernot
  • Score: 40

6:07pm Thu 15 May 14

phil kernot says...

Excluded again wrote:
Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money.

A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object.
Moral grounds it's , negative art ,, scrap yard best place for the piece of junk
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Where in the report does it say any Council Tax money will be used or indeed any public money. A private company has asked the Council for planning permission to erect the artwork. You may like it or not - but if your objection is due to it being a waste of public money, then you have no grounds to object.[/p][/quote]Moral grounds it's , negative art ,, scrap yard best place for the piece of junk phil kernot
  • Score: 39

9:16pm Thu 15 May 14

Darwen Malc says...

Some folk would moan to be hung!
Get over it, its only a piece of art - no ones died over it, as far as I know!
Some folk would moan to be hung! Get over it, its only a piece of art - no ones died over it, as far as I know! Darwen Malc
  • Score: -41

9:39am Fri 16 May 14

Casper's mum says...

I have no objection to a sculpture but this design looks sad and despairing. I agree with other posters that she looks either like she's begging or is a victim of abuse. Surely if we are trying to promote Blackburn to visitors, the sculpture should be something positive and inspiring.
I have no objection to a sculpture but this design looks sad and despairing. I agree with other posters that she looks either like she's begging or is a victim of abuse. Surely if we are trying to promote Blackburn to visitors, the sculpture should be something positive and inspiring. Casper's mum
  • Score: 42

11:37am Fri 16 May 14

vicn1956 says...

The two stags? at the hospital roundabout look terrible. They now look like something fallen off a scrap wagon.
Can't they do better?
The two stags? at the hospital roundabout look terrible. They now look like something fallen off a scrap wagon. Can't they do better? vicn1956
  • Score: 41

6:22pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A CLOWN WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE APPROPRIATE in memory of the future defeated (VOTING THIS THURSDAY) CLOWNCIL but speaking of clowns where is the STRAW\ HOLLERN\MULLA sculpture going to be ( Bet that'll take some SCRAP !!!!
A CLOWN WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE APPROPRIATE in memory of the future defeated (VOTING THIS THURSDAY) CLOWNCIL but speaking of clowns where is the STRAW\ HOLLERN\MULLA sculpture going to be ( Bet that'll take some SCRAP !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 39

8:34pm Sat 31 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

oldblue wrote:
Are our councillors completely mad? I realise that it is only other peoples money that they are spending, and therefore it doesn't matter, but why on earth is Blackburn being blighted with these monstrosities at various roundabouts in the approach to the town. What is wrong with trees and shrubs. A fraction of the price and better to look at. What this godawful town that we call home needs is more greenery, not some industrial fabrications at enormous expense for us , the long suffering ratepayer,
Think Hollern Modelled for It LOL
[quote][p][bold]oldblue[/bold] wrote: Are our councillors completely mad? I realise that it is only other peoples money that they are spending, and therefore it doesn't matter, but why on earth is Blackburn being blighted with these monstrosities at various roundabouts in the approach to the town. What is wrong with trees and shrubs. A fraction of the price and better to look at. What this godawful town that we call home needs is more greenery, not some industrial fabrications at enormous expense for us , the long suffering ratepayer,[/p][/quote]Think Hollern Modelled for It LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 21

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