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January 2004
If you go down to the woods today...
Sculpture Trail
Saltwell Sculpture Trail
The biggest Sculpture Trail in the Black Country is now open for the public to view at Saltwell's Nature reserve.
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Rocking chair

The 8 sculptures represent the wildlife and local area and include an outdoor classroom with a three metre high rocking chair, a wildlifetotem pole and a giant oak monolith representing the four elements.

The designs for the sculptures came from consultation with two schools Netherbrook primary and Quarry Bank Primary and were constructed by Groundwork Black Country resident artist Robot Cossey and local artists Marc Temple, Jacob Willman and Mathew Peak.

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Wildlife totempole

Head Ranger, Jonathan Preston said "This sculpture park has already had a massive impact on the nature reserve. Attracting a lot of interest and gives us the added resource of a new outdoor feature. The classroom will probably become very popular with local schools."

Artist Robot Cossey added "We've had really good feedback and a lot of interest was generated when we were outside the centre making the sculptures - the number of walkers and the members of the public asking about the project and giving us positive comments was amazing."

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Investigating the sculptures!

To celebrate the completion of the work, Groundwork will be organisingan opening event in the Spring and are inviting the children involved in the consultation to join a walk and talk about the making of the trail on the 28th January.

The Sculpture trail has been developed by roundwork Black Country after receiving funding from the Millennium Commission.

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