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Chatterley Valley, Chatterley Road,


*Golden is due to be installed in early 2015* Sculptor: Wolfgang Buttress. The title references the golden flame that sprang from the original Goldendale ironworks which previously lit the Chatterley Valley – locals for many years referred to the iron works as “the flame that never dies.” The new, elegant artwork stands at 20 metres tall. The piece is made from corten steel which alludes to the steel previously manufactured in the area. Over 1,000 hand blown glass prisms are attached to the column of the artwork. Each one contains a memory or wish written on handmade paper by hundreds of people in the local community.

The sculpture will be internally lit so that it appears to glow at night. Lines and marks engraved on to the column have been informed and inspired by the Sutherland Map which is located in the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The map clearly shows the layers of geological strata that make up the Chatterley Valley. On a site visit the artist found a piece of iron from the old works which has a remarkable resemblance to a human heart. This has been suspended in the interior of the artwork to represent the beating heart of the community.



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