This Golden work of art will be seen from A500
ONE of Britain's tallest sculptures is set to dominate the North Staffordshire skyline.
Architect Wolfgang Buttress has released artist's impressions of the £180,000 Golden statue planned for Tunstall.
The 21-metre steel sculpture should be in place on the old Goldendale ironworks, in Chatterley Valley, by Easter.
It will feature 1,300 glass balls which will each contain a short message or wish from people in Tunstall.
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Wolfgang updated families on his sculpture at a meeting of Nash Peake Street Residents' Association this week.
The 47-year-old, who lives in Nottingham, said: "I took inspiration from the old Goldendale factory and the amber glow that would be coming from around the factory.
"It has to be big enough to be seen from the A500 but we wanted it to be a community-based project."
The cost of the sculpture has been funded through planning agreements secured following developments in Chatterley Valley.
It will include powerful LED lights which will shine at night and act as a prism during the day to reflect sunlight around the piece.
Wolfgang added: "It is made out of Corten Steel which is the same material as the Angel of the North.
"It rusts into a lovely brown tone which will express both the steelworks and the clay of the local industry."
Golden will replace the Potteries Pyramid – which has been incorrectly sited in Chatterley Valley for the past five years.
The Potteries Pyramid should have been positioned on a roundabout near junction 15 of the M6 so it could be viewed from all angles.
And Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been unable to explain why it was put in Tunstall in the first place.
Messages for the new sculpture are being collected from pupils at Goldenhill and Summerbank primary schools as well as from shoppers at Tunstall Market. They are written on pieces of handmade paper and then put into the glass balls to keep as a legacy to the people of Tunstall.
Each message will also be logged on a website for residents to read.
Claire Spencer, aged 34, a full-time mum from Nash Peake Street: "I think it is brilliant and we are going to get a lot of people worldwide coming to view the statue. It will really put Tunstall on the map."
City council cultural development officer Paul Bailey said: "This is about reviving and reanimating an old brownfield site with an iconic piece of art.
"The Potteries Pyramid was never meant to go into Tunstall as it should be viewed from a 360 angle on a roundabout. So I think putting it in its rightful place and bringing in a new statue will be good for the area."
Golden was commissioned in February 2011 when it went out to tender.