Origami Dinosaur - Radcliffe, UK
Posted by: dtrebilc
N 53° 33.917 W 002° 18.471
30U E 545841 N 5935379
Quick Description: This sculpture is one of many that form part of the 33 mile Irwell Sculpture Trail and reflects the history of this area.
Location: Northwest England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/10/2013 10:35:45 AM
Waymark Code: WMHRTN
The River Irwell is approximately 39 miles long stretching from Deerplay Moor just north of Bacup in the Pennine Hills to Irlam to the south of Manchester. During the industrial revolution many mills and factories were built along the river’s route and it became very polluted with hardly any life left in it.
After the 1970’s when industry had declined various schemes were implemented to clean up the River and life has returned to it. In 1995 it was decided to develop a 33 mile sculpture trail
along the river as part of a multi – million pound redevelopment scheme. It stretches from Bacup in the North to Salford Quays near Manchester.
Many of the sculptures have been made in collaboration with local people and designed to reflect the history of the particular site of the sculpture.
"Mark Jalland’s sculpture, a giant stainless steel origami style dinosaur, takes its inspiration from the former paper-making industry in Radcliffe. The reflective materials respond to different light and weather conditions.
The artist worked with Radcliffe Hall Primary School and choreographer Ruth Jones to come up with ideas for three new sculptures in Close Park to ensure the sculptures reflected the fun and playfulness of the park."