New art work to be installed at Castleford Bus station
A stunning six-metre high sculpture is to be lowered into place at the redeveloped Castleford Bus station, in an intricate operation that will take three days (December 15,16 and 17) to complete.
The art-work is jointly funded by Wakefield Council and the Arts Council and celebrates the hard work and craft skills of generations of Castleford people.
Installing The Core, a stone cylinder, made up of seven blocks of stone, will involve each individual piece being winched into place by a crane.
Artist and creator Tim Shutter will be on site to personally cement the blocks to each other, as the tower is gradually put together over three days.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, at Wakefield Council, said: "The Core is a fantastic sculpture and I hope it will become an outstanding landmark in Castleford."
The Core also represents the history of Castleford and the decorations on each band are designed to conjure up associations with the character of the town, including coal as well as diverse images linked to water, and symbols of the town's Roman heritage.
The column is topped with a head of bubbles, like those that used to be churned up by the weir in Castleford and blown round the streets.
Castleford Bus station is currently being redeveloped and is due to open in the Spring.