Find out more about the project, and how the art trail came to be…
Local community group Hands on Wednesfield (formerly Wednesfield & Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership) were approached by Wolverhampton City Council in 2012 to oversee the spend of £35K of section 106 public realm money that had been earmarked for public art near Bentley Bridge Retail Park.
After appointing project manager Sophie Heath from Bilston Craft Gallery, Hands On Wednesfield worked to commission artists Planet Art, helped with consultation and decision making and saw the project through to it’s completion – over a period of 3 years.
Over 1,000 people from Wednesfield were involved in the consultation between December 2012 and Summer 2013.
Following a consultation event which took place on a market stall at the 2012 Wednesfield Christmas lights event, Planet Art went on to deliver a number of workshops with local schools, as well as community & faith groups, including the Scouts.
An exhibition of drawings was held at Wednesfield Library to encourage further public feedback on the plans for the artwork.
The pieces were created by artists Ron Thompson & Julie Ward aka Planet Art, who are based in nearby Walsall Wood.
The overarching theme from all of the consultation, when people were asked what they associated with Wednesfield and what the sculptures should represent wasn’t the heritage (the Battle of Wodensfield) or the area’s industrial past (trap making and heavy industry), but the people.
The majority of those consulted associated the people in their lives as being the thing that reminded them of Wednesfield, so the artists responded to this by creating sculptures featuring people in typical local scenes.