Trinity Transcript

Duration: 02:53

Here in Outwood Country Park stands ‘Trinity’ by Stefan Gec. The metal column carved with the names of flowers.

Tony Trehy (00:10)
¬†Trinity by Stefan Gec was commissioned in 1999. Stefan is an artist who is really interested in workers history and the politics of power. Outwood Country Park is historically interesting because parts of it were a major railway junction for the Industrial Revolution and you can still see some of the railway traffic through the site in the way that the cuttings are still visible in the landscape, and if you walk down the path towards Salford you’ll even find an old station platform that’s just sat in the middle of nowhere.

Narrator (00:44)
Stefan was inspired by the hidden history of the railway that had once crossed through here.

Tony Trehy (00:48)
When we showed him the site and he started investigating the site which is the old railway line that fed the Industrial Revolution down to the ship canal. The thing that stuck him is that because environmental engineers had come and regenerated the site, they had removed all the history and so he was fascinated about the fact that history has essentially been erased by the act of environmental improvement. So he started researching that particular piece of the railway line and found that when it was being built, I think it was 35 Irish labourers had been killed in a disaster. There had been a land slide and it had killed these Irish workers and there was no indication that that had ever happened. There was no indication there had ever been a railway line never mind that people had been killed building it. So he decided to put back some historic relic that would commemorate the labours and the deaths of these workers.

Narrator (01:45)
‘Trinity’ essentially uses the language of Victorian mourning to commemorate the death of these unnamed workers.

Tony Trehy (01:51)
It’s a commemorative column made of iron from which references the Industrial Revolution and then when you look at Victorian columns they often have flowers carved in or cast on to the top. So what he did was instead of casting the flowers so that it would look like an old column he replaced the actual images of flowers with the words of the flowers so around the column are the names of the flowers that the Victorians used to symbolise loss, mourning and death.

Narrator: (02:24)
The harebell represents mourning, the snowdrop symbolises consolation and rosemary is for remembrance.

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