The Creation of a permanent piece of visual art in the town centre.
Visitors arriving at Tamworth Railway Station will be greeted by a striking reminder of Tamworth’s Saxon heritage – in the shape of a 6 metre (20 ft) sculpture of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.
The final design of Tamworth’s iconic new roundabout sculpture was revealed to the people of Tamworth on Tuesday 21st February by sculptor Luke Perry, who created a scale model of the sculpture in clay under the Town Hall.
People of all ages got the chance to take a look as the sculpture took shape – and were even able to help Luke by adding clay to the model themselves. People came along to take a look at the design, have their say and have a hands-on experience.
Luke’s vision is for a ‘big and iconic’ piece honouring Tamworth’s Saxon past, but with an ‘alternative, modern twist’ that places it firmly in the 21st century.
Explaining why he chose Aethelflaed for the sculpture, Luke said he listened to what people were telling him during the weeks he spent talking to shop workers, businesses, market traders, shoppers and local historical groups, to find out what they are most proud of about Tamworth and what they most want to show off to visitors.
Luke said: “People are incredibly proud of Tamworth’s rich history; including its Georgian history and its more recent industrial heritage, but almost everyone mentioned the Saxon links, in some form or another.
The sculpture is expected to be in place later this year and will hopefully become a key landmark to residents and visitors; making Tamworth a real destination once more.