Channel 4 Big Art Project giant earns sculpture award nomination for St Helens

By Culture24 Staff | 14 May 2009
A picture of a middle-aged man standing next to an enormous outdoor sculpture

(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."

A picture of men overseeing the placement of an outdoor sculpture

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.

A picture of workmen passing an outdoor sculpture with a crane overhead

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).

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