A new sculpture by a local artist has brought more colour to Kirkstall. Latent Power, the car-sized sculpture in bright yellow-coated steel was officially unveiled to coincide with the Kirkstall Arts Trail, writes Anne Akers.
“I was excited at the prospect of having a piece of public art right here in Kirkstall,” she said. “I consulted the community to research ideas and wanted to reflect the modern as well as the area’s heritage.”
She worked with children from Hawksworth Wood Primary School, adults at Hollybush Farm and set up stalls at Kirkstall Festival and the Kirkstall Arts Trail.
“Each community group has given me an insight into what Kirkstall means to them. We have had some incredible creative sessions that have sparked ideas and conversation.
“The groups have also produced some incredible artwork that has been reproduced on banners for Kirkstall centre.”
She chose the bright yellow to represent the road markings on the many roads through Kirkstall. The design represents a deconstructed water wheel.
“I’m delighted with the way it looks here in front of the Leisure Centre, I hope people enjoy it!”
The sculpture is part of a regeneration of the area outside the Leisure Centre, which includes new paths, landscaping and planting. Funding is through Leeds Business Development Improvement.
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