The people of Accrington hold a great love for the spectacular natural beauty of Peel Park and the Coppice. It is used heavily for walking, sports, children’s play, picnics and bird watching, as well as by allotments holders. The now, stained and graffitied entrance, with its unsightly barbed wire and railings, is getting a dramatic facelift.
This new gateway will link with other recent improvements in the park to create an exciting entrance. It will also raise the profile of future developments within the park. Sculptor Michael Scheuermann has been commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts to redevelop the entrance. His design was chosen from a number of proposals submitted as it utilised the structure and materials that were already in place. Michael will carve into the existing columns and add a metal arch intertwined with detail. There will also be a symmetrical metal design on either side of the updated entrance.
Michael has linked up with Peel Park primary school as part of the project. He has given a talk to the children on stonemasonry and they have joined him on site to draw and watch him at work. This has inspired their own designs, which have been realised through clay workshops also run by Michael. Some of the designs will be carved into the columns of the new entrance.
Michael Scheuermann is on site until December 11th to complete the carving of the columns. Metal work will be fitted in February, followed by localised landscaping to compliment the new entrance. The project, which is supported by Lancashire County Council’s Arts Development and former REMADE scheme, Hyndburn Borough Council and Arts Council England, will be finished by Spring 2012.
Helen Yates, Mid Pennine Arts Community and Projects Officer said, ‘We are helping make Peel Park a more inviting space with an entrance to match. We aim to leave a lasting legacy for the park and the people of Accrington.’
Author: Rebecca Fitton