About the Project
Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative has commissioned nationally renowned etcher Jason Hicklin to create five site specific zinc etched sculptures. They are situated beside the Llangollen canal at the gateway to the World Heritage Site at Gledrid, along the Montgomery Canal at Llanymynech and Frankton Locks, with two further pieces completing the series at Ellesmere, one at the wharf on the town end of the arm and one at the mere.
They create a ‘virtual Sculpture Trail’ that can be travelled by car through approximately 20 miles of beautiful Shropshire countryside. The trail can also be explored on foot or by bicycle, following the towpath or quiet country lanes.
This project aims to increase awareness of the industrial past within a distinctive rural landscape. The sculptures in themselves will provide a unique experience of their locations and will further open the visitor to a deeper understanding of their surroundings.
“This project aims to increase awareness of the industrial past within a distinctive rural landscape.”
Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative
The Canal Etchings project is the latest commission from Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative, and the piece located alongside the mere creates a link to more than 20 further sculptures clustered at key locations around the town.
ESI is an Arts Council funded community initiative with an established reputation for managing projects. Sculpture is placed in the landscape to complement and explore the distinctive geology, culture and heritage of the area.
In 2006 Ellesmere was chosen as the UK centre for an ambitious international touring exhibition of sculpture in the landscape. The exhibition ‘Extramuros’ was launched in Ellesmere in March 2007 and toured Spain and Portugal until the summer of 2008.
Subsequently members of the local community set up the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative, which developed the vision of an annual event with international contemporary artists making site-specific sculpture. Created from materials related to the local environment, the pieces are sited around Ellesmere to form the basis of a sculpture trail, which enhances the magnificent landscape for visitors and residents alike.
The Canal Etchings project is the latest commission from Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative, and the piece located alongside the mere creates a link to more than 20 further sculptures clustered at key locations around the town.”
Funded through the Northern Marches LEADER programme, this project is a partnership involving Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative, Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area, Friends of the World Heritage Site and Canals and Rivers Trust.