£20,000 gateway sculpture installed at Heanor

Heanor Wings and Wheel
Image caption The sculpture sits on top of a base made from Derbyshire sandstone

A new £20,000 artwork has been unveiled to mark the gateway to a town in Derbyshire.

The 2.75m (9ft) high "Wings and Wheel" sculpture was created by local artist Rachel Carter and placed at the Derby Road/Market Street junction in Heanor.

The steel structure is inspired by the town's history of textile manufacturing and the logo of former knitwear factory I&R Morley forms part of the design.

Ms Carter said she was proud to be asked to come up with the artwork.

She said: "It's been a great opportunity for me to give a sculpture to the town where I was born and raised.

Private sector

"The textile industry was a major employer in this area for over a hundred years, in particular I&R Morley. Elements of their 'Flying Wheel' logo became a key part of my design."

The artist said she had used locally-sourced steel for her sculpture, which sits on top of a base made from Derbyshire sandstone.

Amber Valley Borough Council commissioned the artwork - paid for by a mixture of arts and private sector funding.

Ms Carter is based in Ilkeston and recently received a merit award at the Chelsea Flower Show for her display of giant eggs made out of willow.

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