|Summerís Bright at Trencherfield Mill
(Back row) Charles Hadcock and Cllr David Molyneux, with pupils from Abraham Guest High and St James's Primary.
It has been a local landmark for more than a century, and now, as a result of a partnership between Wigan Council and the local community, the Trencherfield Mill complex now has benefited from a landscaping project which enhances the area following the millís recent refurbishment.
With funding from the Heritage Lottery and the councilís capital programme, the area of land, which remains a potential plot for future developers, has been landscaped, with new benches, lighting and trees.
The launch today saw Cllr David Molyneux, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Champion for Regeneration and the Environment, cut the ribbon to officially open the project.
Cllr Molyneux says: ďOfficers from Wigan Council have been working in partnership with the contractor, English Landscapes, to create the picturesque area. The four imposing pieces of public art by esteemed sculptor, Charles Hadcock, compliment the project, creating a stunning landscape which can be enjoyed by all.Ē
Charles Hadcock has been described as ďa man of monumental imagination and ambitionĒ by Peter Chapman of The Independent. The four sculptures at Trencherfield Mill will be in place until November 2010. They are:
- Torsion: a stack of cast iron rocks that sit vertically in an apparently unsteady twisted manner.
- Helisphere: 12 segments that are bolted together to form a twisted sphere.
- Sextus: a pointed knuckle attached to two identical elements made from cast iron.
- Transformation: a man made fossil from an engineerís pattern for a water pump encased inside a rock surface, split to reveal the interior structure.
On the morning of the launch, children from St Jamesís Primary School, Worsley Mesnes, planted wildflowers on site. They have been working with the councilís environmental education team and sculptor Mick Kirkby-Geddes on a wider environmental and heritage project to create a sculpture reflecting Wiganís heritage.
School children and guests also viewed a demonstration of the steam engine at Trencherfield Mill, which is one of the largest fully working steam engines in the country. Volunteers from the heritage service demonstrated Victorian childrenís games to the guests.
The launch also saw the reinstallation of the Interpretation figures along the canal bank. These figures reflect the areaís heritage and accompany information boards about Wigan Pier Quarterís past.