Walk of art as Spalding is now a sculpture trail

Artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier with one of the creations that form part of the new Spalding Public Art Trail.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier with one of the creations that form part of the new Spalding Public Art Trail. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The life and love of South Holland has been forever set in stone with a series of sculptures now displayed around the centre of Spalding.

Almost 20 people representing the richness and diversity of the area’s culture have been cast in 14 bronze plaques, set on buildings and walls across the town centre.

The Spalding Public Art Trail was created by Newcastle-based sculptor Joseph Hillier and commissioned by Spalding and District Civic Society and South Holland/Boston-centred arts project Transported.

Joseph said: “These are very small pieces depicting the peculiarities of people’s lives and what they get up to, portraying people in a very realistic way by using new technology to do so.

“I love making things so it was an honour to come to Spalding and make all these pieces of work.”

Will Pegram, a blacksmith at Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding on whom one of the plaques are based, said: “I was shocked by how life-like it was and I was really impressed with it.

Retired drainage engineer John Honnor and his sculptured image outside The Lincolnshire Poacher, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Retired drainage engineer John Honnor and his sculptured image outside The Lincolnshire Poacher, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“I think it’s brilliant to have something to get people coming into Spalding and seeing what we have to offer.”

Another sculpture is of Spalding High School student Maia Dempsey who said: “I’ve told a few of my friends who think it’s really great and they can’t wait to see it.

“It’s really good to come together as a society and it’s really exciting.”

John Charlesworth of the civic society said: “In October, a number of local people posed for Joseph Hillier’s three-dimensional camera and were captured on his computer.

These are very small pieces depicting the peculiarities of people’s lives and what they get up to, portraying people in a very realistic way by using new technology

Newcastle-based artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier

“The faces, of course, remained untouched as these are local people, the young blacksmith, drainage engineer, market trader, farmer and author.”

Nick Jones, programme director for Transported, said: “Our approach has been to make it easy for people to access great and inspiring art by taking it to where they normally go, rather than having to go out of their way.

“We make it easy for them to come across art by putting it in the streets of Spalding where people can discover it.

“The sculptures fit each of the settings and they are gentle, little celebrations of what makes this place special.”

Christina Taylor,  Sam Morgan and baby Francesca with their sculpture outside Pennington's Coffee Shop, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Christina Taylor, Sam Morgan and baby Francesca with their sculpture outside Pennington's Coffee Shop, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Artists Helen Webber and John Gray outside Riverbank Studios, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Artists Helen Webber and John Gray outside Riverbank Studios, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding High School student Maia Dempsey outside Spalding Gentleman's Society, Broad Street, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding High School student Maia Dempsey outside Spalding Gentleman's Society, Broad Street, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Retired postmaster and mistress Peter and Vivian Higham of Cowbit outside the Red Lion Quarter, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Retired postmaster and mistress Peter and Vivian Higham of Cowbit outside the Red Lion Quarter, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Lizzy and Mary Adams with their sculpture outside George Adams and Sons Butchers, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Lizzy and Mary Adams with their sculpture outside George Adams and Sons Butchers, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.