Have you seen him? New North Staffordshire sculpture unveiled


North Staffordshire’s newest public art sculptures have been unveiled – on the A34.

The two-meter-tall sculptures – depicting two families of deer – stand on either side of the Parkhouse Road roundabout in Chesterton.

These are the latest works of public art commissioned by Newcastle Borough Council, designed by apprentice engineers and sponsored by local businesses.

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Sculptures of a fario trout, a buzzard, a dandelion and a bee, a frog, a hare and a snowdrop are already exhibited in the borough as part of the Britain in Bloom flora and fauna project.

The stag sculptures – depicting nine stags, does and fawns walking and grazing among the heather – were designed by Andy Edwards. They were built by Luke Steadman, 20, and Bayley Palmer, 19, of Achieve Training, under the watchful eye of creative director Phil Brown.

Reaching training apprentices Luke Steadman and Bayley Palmer with art director Phil Brown at the Parkhouse roundabout in Cheshire

They took about two weeks to build.

Luke said: “Good to see him on the roundabout now, he’s on his way to work so I’ll always see him. We hope it gives people something to talk about and smiles at. It’s something something new and different for us. He looks brilliant.”

Bayley added: “It’s great to see it and it shows how much work we’ve put into it. We’re very proud of it.”

One of the deer sculptures on the Parkhouse roundabout, Chesterton

Councilor Jill Waring, Cabinet Member for Recreation, Culture and Heritage, said: ‘The deer are beautiful. Parkhouse Roundabout is in a great location, on a main route to Newcastle and Kidsgrove, so families will be seen and enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors from every angle.”

Achieve Training Executive Director Dan Canavan said: “The two families of grazing deer will create a warm and tranquil scene on the Parkhouse roundabout that will brighten the journeys of commuters and visitors to our town and help to showcasing Newcastle as a hub of culture, industry and local talent.

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