New artwork for the canal

Posted by admin on March 6 in Calderdale Canal Connections, News & views | Leave a comment

New artwork featured along the Rochdale Canal in Calderdale

After a nationwide competition, a panel of local representatives and canal experts chose sculptor Kenny Hunter to produce a new piece of canalside interpretation beside Broadbottom Lock in Mytholmroyd. Kenny designed a Hawk with its prey, perched on a tree stump and cast in iron at Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax. Kenny was inspired by the work of former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes who was born in Mytholmroyd and spent his formative childhood years in the fields and woods around the town. “Hawk Roosting” is one of Ted Hughes’s best-loved poems and describes very honestly the raw side of nature.

The artwork in Mytholmroyd forms part of a series of new artworks along the Rochdale Canal installed as part of the Canal Connections Project. A four year project funded through the South Pennines Leader programme. Leader funding is part of the Rural Development Programme for England which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union and managed by Pennine Prospects.

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