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The Dream

April 9, 2010

“Far from wanting a mining monument, they sought instead a forward-looking piece that would provide a beautiful, inspiring, contemplative space for generations to come.”

A precarious gateway in the form of Smithy Manor is the only hint that a mining community once inhabited this site.  The pit has now made way for a forest that leads you up to brilliant views over the Northwest, from Runcorn Bridge to Manchester’s Hilton Tower (on a clear day).

I didn’t really feel very positive about the dream before I ventured out; often passing the 130 tones of concrete on the motorway; created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, never quite catching a full glimpse. Considering its surroundings there is a very peaceful and calming atmosphere. As you approach, the dreamer is face on. It feels as though it’s not really there, like it has been keyed into the scenery using CGI. It has ethereal quality, the size and simplicity of the stark white sculpture against its environment is awesome.

I would urge people to go and see this close up. I feel that it achieves everything that the artist and community hoped for. It left me feeling inspired, content and very positive. Big thumbs up!

In Jaume’s words, “Despite her wonderful vantage point and view, the girl’s eyes are closed, looking inward. This is in part my homage to the miners and their dream of light when underground.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2010 9:30 am

    Went there yesterday. Beautiful

  2. September 15, 2010 7:42 pm

    A great artistic icon for the people of St. Helens and the thousands passing along the motorway.

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