Edward Howell Galvanizers has teamed up with a long-standing client to help depict the industrial heritage of a town in the Black Country through a series of sculptures.
The West Midlands-based plant provided its specialist hot-dip galvanizing treatment to eight high carbon steel figures on behalf of renowned sculptor, Luke Perry, for artwork situated at a school in Darlaston.The project saw the firm galvanize eight sculptures which have been installed at the new Grace Darlaston Academy.
The artwork depicts the historic progression of trade and residents throughout Darlaston's history, with the steel figures representing mining, steel foundry, philanthropy, manufacturing, and education. The artwork also tackles the decline of manufacturing in the area with the words ‘industries may fall – pride endures’ on the hearts of the contemporary figures.
Jim Lindsay, Sales Manager at Edward Howell, said: “We were delighted to support Luke once again on these fantastic sculptures which tell the story of Darlaston. The artwork provides a great talking point for the students at the school, whilst educating them about the town’s heritage. Luke always produces eye-catching creations, and these are no exception.”
Luke Perry, Sculptor and Director of Industrial Heritage Stronghold, explained: “I chose to get the artwork galvanized as it is the best way to protect the steel from weathering in the long-term, and also because the look and colour of the galvanizing really fitted the piece, and allowed me to colour and dye the figures as appropriate. I have worked with Edward Howell in the past, and will do in the future as the plant always accommodate the irregularities of the artwork creditably.”
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd