Arts in Redditch

The Spring Sculpture finally arrives.

To be named Springs Eternal,  The sculpture first suggested seven years ago by the then Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Hall, to celebrate the enduring Spring Industry in Redditch, has now been erected outside Redditch Town Hall in Walter Stranz Square.  

The sculpture, constructed by artist Tim Tolkien, has taken this time to be created with authenticity from the original design by a one time student of art and design at NEW College, Kesia.

On Thursday 12th January 2017 it was unveiled following a fitting ceremony with tributes to NEW College lecturers, Spring Industry representatives who helped with the finance, councillors and of course the artists.

The Spring Sculpture

As previously reported on our website

The Spring Sculpture

The local spring industry will soon be celebrated with a sculpture in the town centre.  With funding coming largely from the manufacturers themselves, the project has involved art and design students from NEW College, the Council and Redditch Arts Council.  

Despite the recession there are still more than sixty-five spring manufacturers and supporting industries trading in Redditch.  A former Mayor of Redditch made the claim that “there is not a car on the roads, plane in the skies or ship on the seas that does not have a component made in Redditch”.  With the number of tiny springs in every mechanical device, it is a statement that would be very difficult to disprove.  It is fitting that such and important supporter of the local economy is celebrated in this way.

 A planning meeting on  25th September 2013 gave planning permission to site the artwork outside the Town Hall in Walter Stranz Square. Work will be commencing soon.