A galvanized sculpture standing nine metres tall has been unveiled in the town of Banbury, in recognition of the region’s rich manufacturing and engineering heritage.
Ulverston-based CB Arts won the commission by Cherwell District Council in 2018 and began work last year, with the final sculpture now installed and unveiled at Chalker Way Industrial Park.
The ‘Figure of Industry’ sculpture is made from forged ribbons of steel, which twist and turn from the base. The sculpture gestures towards the town and represents the past, present, and future investment in the people of Banbury and surrounding areas.
Chris Brammall, Director of CB Arts, said: “One of my big inspirations for the piece was of course ‘The Iron Man of Banbury’ himself, Sir Bernhard Samuelson, who was considered a key founder of and influence on the town’s heritage, and helped to put it on the map.”
All of the steelwork has been hot dip galvanized by CB Arts’ long-standing partner, Manchester Galvanizing Ltd, providing it with an estimated rust-free lifespan of more than 70 years.
Chris added: “Once forged, we sent the sculpture to the team at Manchester Galvanizing, who were able to place it carefully in once piece into its bath of molten zinc. This method provides our work with protection against corrosion so that future generations can enjoy it for years to come.
“Once the finishing touches were made, the final location agreed, and after over three years of anticipation, we were delighted to welcome Cherwell District Council, local businesses, and residents of Banbury to ‘The Figure of Industry’s official opening. I’d like to say a huge thanks to our team, to our local community, and to our trusted partners at Manchester Galvanizing, Saunders, and Berry Cranes who helped make it happen.”
“What an incredible project to be have been a part of,” added Mark Waters, Sales Manager at Manchester Galvanizing. “We’re very pleased to have protected it for many years to come, and to see the finished sculpture in pride of place!”
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd