Saturday, 19 May 2012

Chainmaking statue’s next link


Article and photo from the website of The Express and Star (see link below)
A £25,000 monument to celebrate the history of female chainmakers has been lowered into place in  ahead of an official unveiling on June 9.
Artist Luke Perry was commissioned by Sandwell Council to build the 10ft steel structure of a female chainmaker which is going on display at the Mary Macarthur Memorial Gardens in Cradley Heath
The artwork is being funded using money from planning developers.
It will commemorate the 1910 female chainmakers dispute in which 800 women went on strike and established a national minimum wage for women in the trade. It has been moulded in steel and then coated in a wax to give it a rusted, bronze effect. It features a woman holding a baby and a hammer traditionally used in the making of chain.
The structure which will be officially unveiled on June 9 at 11.30am on Lower High Street on Macarthur Gardens.
When the monument is erected it will be accompanied by a time capsule and Mr Perry is also keen to hear from people who have ideas of what items they would like to see go inside the capsule.
The four-ton monument will be accompanied by seven other life-sized figures and is due to be placed on the former home of the Worker’s Institute, built with proceeds from the Strike Fund and now relocated to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.
The Women Chainmakers’ Festival 2012 will be held on the same day as the unveiling, from 11am to 6pm in Bearmore Park, Cradley Heath, jointly organised by the Midlands region of the TUC and the council.
Anyone interested in submitting ideas can email mr.l.perry@gmail.com
People can also follow the progress of the work on the monument at www.industrialheritagestronghold.co.uk

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