Lifelike sculptures to be unveiled in Spalding

CASTING CALL: Sculptor Joseph Hillier with two of the plaques to be unveiled in Spalding on April 22.  Photo (TIM WILSON).
CASTING CALL: Sculptor Joseph Hillier with two of the plaques to be unveiled in Spalding on April 22. Photo (TIM WILSON).

A ten-month project to turn everyday life in Spalding into an artform will be unveiled later this month.

The Spalding Trail, a joint initiative involving Spalding and District Civic Society and arts campaign Transported, will be revealed to the public in Market Place, Spalding, on Friday, April 22, at 10.30am.

I really just tried to create a portrait of the town and everything I’d learned about it during my research

Artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier, commissioned by Spalding and District Civic Society and Transported

Cornwall-born artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier created the set of small bronze images after taking a series of 3D scans depicting people from various walks of life in Spalding.

Art showpiece to give a classy image to town

Speaking about the project, Joseph said: “I really just tried to create a portrait of the town and everything I’d learned about it during my research.

“It was a bit of a challenge because I’m known for making larger pieces of work.

“But it was such an honour to have been commissioned by Transported and Spalding and District Civic Society and I appreciate the importance of it.”

The unveiling will feature 14 statues created by Joseph and placed on sides of buildings and walls around Spalding town centre.

Guests will be able to see some of the pieces before a number of speeches and a buffet at South Holland Centre, Spalding. There will also be music from Chris Jones and the Beauvale Ensemble, as well as a demonstration at Chain Bridge Forge Blacksmith Museum, Spalding.

Chain Bridge Forge blacksmith Will Pegram (24), one of the people upon whom the statues are based, said: “I was just a lad when I decided what I wanted to do in life.

“Then I trained at the only college in England that teaches blacksmithing.

“The plaque was an eerie likeness of me holding a sledgehammer and it’s a chance to be part of something different.

“I think all the plaques are really spectacular and it’s a really great project, something that’s going to be a part of Spalding for a long time.”

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