PUBLIC ART IN HEANOR
Local artist, Rachel Carter was commissioned by Amber Valley Borough Council to develop an exciting project in the town of Heanor. A Gateway public art feature was designed as part of the town centre regeneration improvements.
The project aimed to develop a permanent feature to create an attractive and welcoming environment to the town centre.
Amber Valley Borough Council undertook a range of consultation inviting the community to get involved and share their ideas to shape the public art so that it is relevant for them and brought something unique to the town. Residents and businesses were invited to put forward their ideas based on the heritage of the town, their views of Heanor and their aspirations for the future.
The finalised design took inspiration from the heritage of I&R Morleys and the Morley Wings together with the modern generation wheel associations of the high tech international companies of Heanor such as Advanced Composite Group who have helped create the hand crafted world-beating bicycles for the Olympic Great Britain cycling team.
The wheel element allows a number of conceptual links to be made with the circle of regeneration bringing a positive future to the town and the use of stainless steel allows the arts to be a sleek modern addition to the town rather than a replica of the industrial past.
Rachel Carter is a renowned willow sculpture artist and has gone on to exhibit her work at Chelsea Flower Show and has donated a public art sculpture to the people of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site which is located at Belper River Gardens.