(Above) Jaume Plensa's Dream has been nominated for a prestigious award. Picture courtesy Channel 4 / St Helens
Dream, Jaume Plensa's 66ft cast of a dreaming deity overlooking the motorway in St Helens, has been nominated for annual award the Marsh Sculpture Prize, coinciding with the start of the Big Art series on Channel 4 following the progress of publicly-devised works across the UK.
The 90-panel structure was formally opened on April 21 2009, foreseen by the artist as "a very relaxing, inspiring and special place."
The sculpture was unveiled in April 2009. Picture courtesy Channel 4 / St Helens
"When we were approached more than two years ago to nominate the site, the ex-miners of the focus group and I would have been happy to just have a memorial erected," retorted Gary Conley, an ex-miner on the site who was one of the original members of the nominating team.
Picture courtesy Channel 4 / St Helens
"Sutton Manor Colliery may never produce coal again, but now, because of this wonderful artwork, its soul and its millions of memories will live on."
Catch The Big Art Project every Sunday at 7pm on Channel 4. Click here to see the first episode (broadcast May 10 2009).