‘Loom Sculpture hits the spot with textile bosses’, that was the headline on page 3 of the Nelson Leader newspaper after Stephen Shepherd and other local Textile Managers had been invited to view the new artwork in Nelson Centre.
Pendle Council have chosen to mark the rich textile heritage of Nelson with a very impressive piece of art, the 12-metre steel sculpture, is a modern salute to Nelson’s historic weaving industry.
Designed and made by local tradesman David Palmer, who is from Nelson, the five-tonne sculpture now holds pride of place in Nelson’s re-vamped shopping centre.
The shuttle scupture is made from the same material as the famous Angel of the North. It’s a weathering steel called COR-TEN™ which oxidises in the elements to become a warm orange colour. The sculpture also incorporates an illuminated centre piece which looks very impressive after dark.
The Shuttle was officially unveiled in the town centre on Saturday August 20th.
Local business leaders in the textile industry were asked for their views on the new structure, Stephen Shepherd Managing Director of S.Dawes Weaving, welcomed the new addition saying, ” it was a great thing, a magnificent work of art, it reminds local people of the heritage of the cotton mills in the town, but I’d also like people to see it as a sign that the textile industry in the area is working hard to keep the heritage business alive and growing.”