The River
Artist
Hetty Chapman and Karen Allerton

Date
1997

Materials
Etched Stainless Steel and Railway Sleepers


Location
Borough
Bury

Cluster
Ramsbottom

OS grid ref
SD 7932216861

Coordinates
Latitude 53.647844

Longitude -2.314289

Postcode
Nearest, BL0 9AB

The River is an 88 metre stainless steel path inscribed with poems which meanders through the picnic site ending with a collection of 34 wooden posts made from railways sleepers, providing a platform to watch the passing trains.

The work was a result of a residency by the artists who worked with local school children and members of the community to develop writings and drawings for the piece. The artists were keen to use the River Irwell as inspiration because of its importance to the local community of Ramsbottom.



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