March 2011-June 2012. Lady Chain Makers Monument.
This prestigious commission involved the building of a 3m steel cast female chain maker and baby to represent the great strike of 1910. The piece has become a proud symbol of Sandwell as an area and is our most prestigious artwork to date. The commission also involved designing and over-all landscaping of the park as an entrance to the town. In the lead up to the open day we ran many public chainmaking open days, visited schools to make trades union banners, opened a stall in the Market to give feedback, conducted sit down talking shop sessions with retired chainmakers, visited nursing homes where ex industry people resided and more. The entire project was followed by local national and international press as well as television. This was one of the reasons for the incredibly well attended open day where nearly 1500 people attended the opening and adjoining festival.