In the Bulrushes
Artist
William Pym

Date
2001

Materials
Galvanised mild steel


Location
Borough
Bury

Cluster
Radcliffe

OS grid ref
SD 78147 07439

Coordinates
Latitude 53.563106

Longitude -2.3313987

Postcode
Nearest, M26 3DX

In the Bulrushes in Radcliffe takes its inspiration from the nearby Bury Bolton canal and the industries that historically used the canal as their route of transport. The canal is thick with bulrushes and the artist imagined that objects lost a generation ago would be hidden forever among the reeds. The sculpture depicts a weaving shuttle with bulrush motifs and a small canal barge hidden in the bottom of the bulrushes, only visible close up. The sculpture is illuminated at night, making a beacon and a tower of enclosed light.

This sculpture was the second partnership between Irwell Sculpture Trail and Irwell Valley Housing Association for a new housing development on Wolsey Street, called Britannia Mills.



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