Have you seen it? North Staffordshire’s newest sculpture unveiled

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

The two-metre-tall sculptures – featuring two families of deer – are on either side of the Parkhouse Road roundabout in Chesterton.

They are the latest pieces of public art commissioned by Newcastle Borough Council, designed by engineering apprentices, and sponsored by local businesses.

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

The deer sculptures – featuring nine stags, does and fawns walking and grazing among the heather – were designed by Andy Edwards. They were constructed by Luke Steadman, aged 20, and 19-year-old Bayley Palmer, from Achieve Training, under the watchful eye of artworks manager Phil Brown.

Achieve Training apprentices Luke Steadman and Bayley Palmer with Artworks Manager Phil Brown at Parkhouse roundabout in Cheshire

They took around two weeks to construct.

Luke said: “It’s good to see it on the roundabout now, it’s on the way to work so I’ll always see it. We are hoping it gives people something to talk and smile about. It’s something new and different for us. It looks brilliant.”

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

One of the deer sculptures on Parkhouse roundabout, in Chesterton

Councilor Jill Waring, cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “The deer look magnificent. The Parkhouse roundabout is in a really prominent location, on a main route into Newcastle and Kidsgrove, so the families will be seen and appreciated by thousands of residents and visitors from all angles.”

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

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