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Upright Contemporary Signalman sculpture, Massive Commission Townscape statue, for Outdoors Outside as a Focal point in Public Space, by John Atkin, who adds further…..
“A landmark sculpture and meeting point, commissioned by Loughborough University on behalf of Highland Metrobrook Developers, for a busy retail development in the East Midlands. The forms of the sculpture are derived from garment template contours and as such, analogue to the retail experience of the locality, as well as being cognizant of human identity without acknowledging particular ethnic associations. This was very important in a multi cultural society, such as Loughborough and as such ensured that the sculptures meaning was inclusive to all aspects of the neighboring community, which helped in the objective of ownership of the artwork.

The precise location of the artwork was also important, as it had to act as a signature design for the new retail development. The sculpture sits on three main site lines, visible from all directions and drawing passers-bye into the main thoroughfare of the shopping concourse. The sculpture includes seating areas as part of the design and is used regularly by shoppers and retail holders for informal breaks. The space is used throughout the day and evening and has proved to be a unique meeting point people using the surrounding bars and restaurants.

Access to the site was difficult because the laying of pavers prevented the sculpture being moved onto site by anything but a crane. The 60 ft. crane hoisted the sculpture over the architectural surrounds and lowered it onto the waiting concrete section of the sculpture. I oversaw all aspects of this part of the work, to ensure that the sculpture was correctly sited and engaged passers by from all three main vistas into the space.

x 275cm
x 792cm
x width
x height

The Signaller (Abstract Figurative Steel Statue)

by John Atkin
x 275cm
x 792cm
x width
x height


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