ST MICHAEL'S SQUARE
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1. Local artist Andy Plant’s design comes in the form of an information point with seating and animated automatic rain or sun canopy. The structure would be built from local stone with vertical side panels of copper or bronze, with information panels giving local weather conditions. The ‘ Umbrella’ Canopy forms the copper top section of the column. It slowly opens like a flower, transforming into the protective roof sheltering the people below.
Artist Andy, from Blackshawhead, said “At over 5 metres tall, ‘Rainmate’ would be very visible from surrounding roads. Its opening would be quite a spectacle and the intention is that it would attract visitors as well as becoming a popular feature with local residents.”
The sculpture has two main themes, with the low horizontal axis acting as a traditional market cross, whilst the tall vertical axis, which would be lit from within at night, references the church, Mytholmroyd’s historical links to the weaving industry and the river Calder. Local people would be invited to contribute words that they associate with Mytholmroyd, which would be carved into the granite.
Nicolas said “My design represents a new landmark for a new square, providing not only a new focus but a place to meet at, sit at, trade or even perform from”.
3. The third proposal comes from artist Tony Stallard. ‘Whitelight’ is a 4metre tall obelisk of local dry stone construction. A white light would come from the interior of the sculpture through ‘window’ panels on the side, and also from the pyramidal top.
Tony said “The intention of this sculpture would be to create a spiritual centre that would be a place of meditation and reflection. The work references the local area in a number of ways, with the light suggesting a spiritual space, which would be heightened at dusk. This would be a dramatic work that in time would become a meeting point that would inspire civic pride, suggesting a kind of contemporary market cross.”
This section was prepared for the Mytholmroyd Net by Pennine Pens