'The hand of recycling': What do you think of new Hanley roundabout sculpture? (video)
A SCULPTURE made by young apprenticies has been given pride of place on a busy roundabout.
The steel hand model, measuring more than two metres high and a metre wide, has been placed on the Botteslow Street roundabout in Hanley, following a project by PM Training Artworks.
More than 100 youngsters from the training provider company used pieces of scrap metal to build the sculpture over 18 months. It is based on a design entered in a competition by Bethan Colley, of Newstead when she was a pupil at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.
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Artworks project manager Phil Brown, aged 46, of May Bank, said: "I think the finished piece looks really good. The project was a great way to get young people involved in urban art and everyone has worked hard on it.
"Most of the people coming through the training centre have contributed to it, whether they're learning engineering or design and decorating. It's fantastic they will be able to see something they have contributed to put on public display.
"We have used this as a recycling project by using bits of scrap metal we had lying around or spare.
"We thought it would be a good way of using the material rather than melting it down. Other than the labour, it has cost us absolutely nothing to build it. There has been a really positive response from people who have seen it." The company have been involved in building other sculptures such as the swans at Trentham Gardens, and a Saxon shield at Phoenix Park in Longton.
The sculpture has now been placed on the roundabout after the city council gave permission to the company.
Advanced apprentice Daniel Cutter, aged 19, of Fenton, has been involved in the project.
He said: "I have been working on this from the start so it is really nice to see it finally finished. This has been an ongoing project for the last year and a half and I did think at one point that it would never be finished.
"It's quite different to the other projects we've worked on due to the length of time it took and also because it was made using just recycled materials. We used steel to make it and put a galvanised coating on top. We have given the sculpture a nickname of 'The hand of recycling.' It would be great to do another project like this in the future."
Paul Breeze, Chair of the Hanley One Residents Association, said the project was a 'brilliant idea.'
The 60-year-old, of Hanley, said: "The sculpture really shows the talent of youngsters in the city and it's great they will be able to put this on their profile to show future employers.
"It's nice that there are pieces of urban art in the city and I'm sure a lot of other places would love to have something like this."