By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 30 September 2013 Updated: 01/10 07:15
A NEW piece of public art celebrating the springs industry has been given the green light.
The sculpture created by NEW College student Kesia-Rose Taylor will be sited outside the Town Hall in a bid to promote the trade, which still has over 60 businesses based in Redditch.
The £12,000 cost of the project, which will be constructed by Tim Tolkien - the great grandson of JR Tolkien, has been met by companies, Redditch Arts Trust and the council itself.
Former councillor Malcolm Hall, who originally proposed the area during his time as mayor in 2009/10, spoke at a Redditch Borough Council planning meeting on Wednesday, September 25, to highlight the importance of recognising the industry and the college students behind the art.
"The whole year group from NEW College art and design was involved in this project and it was a huge learning experience for them.
"It was always an important part of the project the winning design would be constructed and sited in the town centre. As well as celebrating the springs industry, it's a celebration of NEW College which has done so much and is doing so much for the people of the town."
Mike Davies, managing director of Davies Spring Ltd, said the project would help promote manufacturing to younger people.
"One of the major issues with the industry is the lack of interest shown by school leavers. I think having a piece of art in a high profile area in the town centre is very important to changing those views.
Howard Nuttall from Wild Springs and Wireforms added: "Within the local community there's an ignorance of how important the industry is. We have world-leading technology companies exporting through the globe.
"The project has generated an opportunity for both the industry to celebrate and also to gain recognition. There are very often missed opportunities to promote manufacturing and engineering to the younger people so it is really refreshing to be involved with NEW College."
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