Biggest public art to be unveiled in Doncaster

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DONCASTER is set to see its biggest piece of public art dropped in place this week.

An eight metre high sculpture called Danum will be lifted into position in Sir Nigel Gresley Square tomorrow morning.

The work has been designed by Doncaster-based sculptor Michael Johnson and includes themes from the borough’s history.

Michael held workshops on specific subjects with young school pupils, pensioners and disabled adults at Stirling Day Centre to decide what to include in the work.

He cast the images that resulted from the sessions into bronze inserts which feature prominently all the way up a series of nine stainless steel fins that lead out from a central core.

From above, it would look like a cog, with the fins as the cog’s teeth.

Michael has used the tenth fin to capture the names of influential people in Doncaster’s history from 1740 to 1940.

He said: “Having known Doncaster for many years I feel it was the contribution of many factors which made the town the way it is today, from the River Don’s border position between the Brigantes and the Coritani tribes, to the decision to bring railway engineering to the town and the urban development which followed.

“I wanted to represent a broad cross-section of these factors in the artwork.

“The sculpture encapsulates this sense of place through cast-bronze references to the town’s past and present. Each of the bronze panels has its own theme represented by artefacts and visual references.

“Alongside these images are artworks designed by children and adults from local schools and community groups, which they produced through workshop sessions.

“It has been a privilege to make this work and I’m very thankful to all the individuals who have helped and contributed to the project.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “It will be a focal point of the Sir Nigel Gresley Square.”