Set in the beautiful Clifton Country Park, Rosie Leventon's work is inspired by a nearly extinct boat called a 'starvationer', so called because of the external ribs of its construction. Such boats were used to carry coal through narrow underground tunnels on this site.
The artist worked near Manchester for nearly a year to research the local industrial archaeology and create Dig. On the site of the work there are disused collieries, underground canals, an aqueduct and old canal boats.
Clifton Country Park is a haven of peace in the heart of the urban landscape. The site of an old colliery dating from 1740, it is now designated a local nature reserve and currently holds a prestigious Green Flag award. It is home to four other sculptures that reflect the park's past and current uses.