Internationally renowned Black Country artist finishes commission

Halesowen News: Cradley Heath artist Luke Perry with sculptures for Watford Parks. Cradley Heath artist Luke Perry with sculptures for Watford Parks.

INTERNATIONALLY renowned Cradley Heath sculptor Luke Perry has completed his latest project.

Watford Council commissioned Mr Perry to create three giant steel sculptures which will be installed by the River Colne.

Mr Perry, who built the sculptures at his Mushroom Green foundry, will attend the unveiling ceremony in Watford in June.

He said: "I am really happy to be involved in this environmental project which will hopefully get more people interested in the River Colne.

"The artworks were commissioned by Watford Council from us as they believed that there was no-other company as well suited as us for the task of designing and making these steel sculptures.

"They represent natural and historical elements in the area, such as a Victorian bather from the Lido which was in the river at the turn of the last century, a land girl to represent the dig for victory push in World War Two and a man fishing from an upstairs window representing the flooding in the low town."

He added: "They are all made using traditional Black Country forging and fabrication methods in a traditional 104 year old family factory in the heart of Cradley Heath.

"The three figurative artworks are based on locals to the Black Country who posed for me during the design process."

He added: "The artworks are currently being wrapped in cardboard and plastic ready for their delivery and installation ready for their unveiling on June 3."

The artist has previously designed and built the Mary Macarthur memorial in Cradley Heath and a giant religious symbol at the Tividale Hindu temple.

He is now working on several projects including a giant sculpture in Longbridge and a steel tree for Timbertree Primary School.

For more information about Luke Perry and his artwork visit www.industrialheritagestronghold.com.

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