The Sculptures

Title:                MINDS EYE

Sculptor:         CRAIG DYSON

Materials:        STEEL AND COPPER

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  1. Inspired by pupils from Titus Salt School, Craig’s piece represents an intimate history of human memories, particularly those shaped by war. He says “The exterior shell takes quotes from a wide range of iconic figures and service people while the inner eye is created from thousands of two pence pieces donated by the community. Focus is placed on elements such as loyalty, pride and companionship, which I, as a proud Yorkshire man, feel are the essence of life. Having said all that, the beauty of art is that you are free to interpret the piece how you will. It means what it means to you.”

Title:                EXPRESSIONS OF WAR

Sculptor:         SIMON KENT

Materials:        OAK

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  1. Simon worked with pupils from pupils from Glenaire Primary School, Shipley C of E Primary School, Hoyle Court Primary School and High Crags Primary School. Taking inspiration from the service personnel interviews and the poetry created by Titus Salt School students, the children responded to Simon’s focus on the theme words of sadness, laughter, joy, shock, anger and fear by producing some expressive faces carved from breeze block. Simon has incorporated these faces in all of his pieces in the trail.

Title:                THE SURVIVORS HELMET

Sculptor:         MARTIN BOND AND EDWARD MORTIMER

Materials:        CAST IRON

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  1. A piece inspired by the designs of a family community workshop held by Titus Salt School. Martin and Edward’s work incorporates the ideas behind the clay design work produced by an enthusiastic group of participants under Martin and Edward’s guidance. The piece includes some powerful lines of poetry taken from the work of students at Titus Salt School, which reads: “Even if they are young, they are the enemy. They told me I should talk about it, but only to them.”
  1. At the artists request, the piece was intentionally set alight during the opening event.

Title:                JOINED FORCES

Sculptor:         SHANE GREEN

Materials:        OAK

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  1. Shane felt that it was extremely important to take the ideas of the young Titus Salt School students attending his workshop and produce pieces that really reflected the designs they produced. The students first sketched and then worked up their ideas into 3D models made from clay, giving Shane the perfect inspiration for his sculptures in the trail.

Title:                UNTITLED

Sculptor:         ANDREW FROST

Materials:        OAK

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  1. Andrew drew his design idea from a family community workshop held by Titus Salt School. He says “The sculpture is loosely based on the sacrifice both parents and children have to make, to be part of or within the realms of the Armed Forces. This is understood and accepted by the people who join up. However, it must still be very emotional and upsetting for the whole family when it becomes separated through the confines and responsibilities found within the Armed Forces. I feel that leaving your children to go on tour must be one of the hardest thing a parent has to deal with, and for personnel in the armed forces to recognise that it is a necessity, shows how much of a sacrifice they make for their country.”

Title:                TREE

Sculptor:         MICK KIRKBY-GEDDES

Materials:        STEEL

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  1. Mick worked with Year 5 children from four local primary schools: Sandal Primary School, Baildon C of E Primary School, Wycliffe C of E Primary School and Saltaire Primary School. His piece is an assemblage of the children’s ideas on the themes of travel, family and the Armed Forces.

Title:                CIRCLE OF STRENGTH

Sculptor:         SHANE GREEN

Materials:        STONE

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  1. Circle of Strength is a collection of 8 unique sculptures, each with a particular message taken from the poetry and interview material. Visitors who took part in the community workshop have commented that they are able to see evidence of their own modest work giving inspiration to Shane’s final pieces.

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Title:                PEACE THRONE

Sculptor:         SHANE GREEN

Materials:        OAK

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  1. Peace Throne is situated with a unique perspective of the Dell. A recent visitor commented that sitting in the chair did indeed make them feel at peace.

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Title:                BENCH

Sculptor:         MICK KIRKBY-GEDDES

Materials:        STEEL AND WOOD

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10.  Mick ran design workshops for Year 5 children from four local primary school workshops: Shipley C of E Primary School, Hoyle Court Primary School, Glenaire Primary School, and High Crags Primary School. Guiding the children in the use of recycled materials to make 3D models gave Mick his inspiration for the piece: “I wanted to make a functional piece of art so you can sit and reflect whilst being surrounded by children’s thoughts about the Armed Forces.”

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Title:                2010 SOLDIER, 1980’S SOLDIER & 1940’S SOLDIER

Sculptor:         SIMON KENT

Materials:        OAK

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11.  Simon Kent’s pieces were carved in-situ using a chainsaw, and reflect the enduring nature of soldiers through time. Their final position was suggested by retired Sergeant Ian Lyons to represent a fire team on patrol in a staggered formation.

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Title:                CAMERADERIE

Sculptor:         FRIENDS OF FERNIEHURST DELL AND SPONGE TREE

Materials:        OAK, STONE, AND WIRE

Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 17.37.04   12.  The title Camarederie was chosen to reflect a recurring theme, evident throughout every interview recorded. A living piece, Cameraderie allows visitors to sit around the comfort a fire and contemplate the the sculpture trail they have seen, whilst discussing the core values of the British Army which are lazer cut into the stainless steel plates on the main bench.

13.  The piece also fulfils the practical purpose of reducing anti-social fires that were regular occurrences before it’s installation, protecting the Dell.

 

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