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Sculptor Malcolm Robertson's sculpture "SHEEP TRACKS" was unveiled on October 26th 2005 at 2pm.
The people of Craven Arms, young and old have been involved in the process of developing ideas for the sculpture. A series of creative meetings between the sculptor and local people have been held and the dual themes of sheep and trains are expressed in the work.
to see some examples of previous work by Malcolm
Project Background
The Craven Arms Environmental Improvement Strategy [2002] highlighted that Craven Arms required a central feature or focal point, something that would signify the heart of the town. In the first instance, it was suggested that ‘Old Bill’ [the war memorial] could be brought back into the town as a part of the Auction Yard Regeneration project. However, Old Bill is in such a fragile state that he cannot be moved from where he now stands in Stokesay Church Yard for fear of damage. As an alternative, the strategy suggested that a new sculpture or monument could be developed.
The Craven Arms Partnership opened the debate in October 2003 and held a public ballot between November 2003 and February 2004 in which local people were asked to vote on the subject matter for a potential new sculpture. 172 votes were cast and the local community decided on a traditional piece to reflect the railways and sheep.
“This project is essentially about community pride of place. Successive ‘negatively construed’ development’s have occurred contrary to public wishes in Craven Arms over recent years and the town is seen by many as a 1 horse town with no centre and no civic pride. This project aims to involve the community in making their own visible statement to themselves and others of what Craven Arms means.”
Project Aims
To add to the positive reputation of
the town for the local community
further a field.
To provide a focal point which
celebrates the Agricultural /
Industrial Heritage and Social
History of the town.
To contribute to the regeneration
improvements of Craven Arms.