Ian’s at the art of Redcar revival

Sculptor Ian Randall will be visiting pupils at Zetland Primary School in Redcar on Monday 28 November to give local schoolchildren the chance to stamp their mark on the new seafront artwork.

The renowned artist is about to start work on two installations that will become landmark features once the drive to breathe new life into the seafront is finished.

Local schoolchildren and residents will get the chance to influence the creations, as well as the new promenade paving with further workshops being held in the New Year.

Mr Randall was commissioned to produce two sculptures and new promenade paving as an integral feature of the £30m seafront revamp by Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Environment Agency, which also includes an 80ft seaside landmark and strengthened flood defences.

Councillor Mark Hannon, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:

“The new seafront artwork will be a real feature on the promenade and has been inspired by the town’s famous steelmaking traditions as well as the wonderful natural environment.

The workshops are a chance for local people to get involved and find out more about what is being planned to revive the seafront.”

The Leeds born artist is no stranger to creating centrepieces for regeneration schemes, having installed a six metre high bronze sculpture in the heart of his home city’s Brewery Wharf in 2006.

He also produced five sculptures for the pedestrianisation of Blackburn town centre, each representing a stage of the area’s growth since the arrival of the cotton industry.

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