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Designed by well-known artist and sculptor Stephen Broadbent, this impressive masonry feature stands at the heart of the town centre and at the entrance to the town's popular urban green space, Coronation Park.
The design consisted of a large curved wall, flanked by tall carved posts some four metres in height. Further posts stood independently, leading to a second wall with semi-circular base, carved lettering and commemorative bronze work. Tying the tallest posts together was a giant, curved and intricately designed ironwork feature. A high-specification hidden LED lighting system was brought in from the USA by Recclesia and was incorporated into the radius coping, providing a stunning effect after dark.
The stone selected was from the Woodkirk Stone Quarry in Leeds, with whom Recclesia worked closely to ensure that the designs on paper turned into a reality on site. The stonework was produced and fixed using traditional techniques and all of the detailing was hand carved.