Artistic brickwork at West Midlands new homes scheme nominated for an award
Two unique pieces of brick artwork at a new homes scheme in Telford, Shropshire, have been nominated for a national award.
The sculptures are at 1779, a development by award-winning housebuilder Linden Homes, and were conceived and carved over a period of eight months by Bristol artist Rodney Harris from Ibstock bricks. The idea behind them was to connect with the location and heritage of the development, based on Brick Kiln Bank.
Judging for the artworkwill be undertaken throughout the summer and finalists will be announced in November.
Kate Huntington, marketing manager at the development, says of the sculptures: “We are really hoping for success in the forthcoming awards and that the sculptures gain the recognition they truly deserve. Paying homage to the region and its brickwork heritage, the sculptures are a wonderful addition to our development and, we hope, will become a real talking point amongst our new homeowners.
“The project was undertaken to honour the Ibstock brickwork factory that was once in existence on the land which the development now occupies and we are pleased to be able to remember and recognise the importance that this factory had on the region. The heritage of 1779 is unique and we are pleased that we can pay tribute to it in this way and even better, to be able to use what we hope will be award-winning Ibstock bricks to create the art.”
The artist Rodney Harris adds: “I feel honoured that my work is being put forward for a national industry award. It was a delighted to take part in the project and it was interesting to work from old photographs and develop our own interpretation of artwork which we knew would work well on site.”
Find out more about the development at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01952 701971