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New coal sculpture planned in Barnsley

LDA Design and Glasgow-based artist Kenny Hunter have produced this vision for a new commemorative garden in Barnsley.

The proposals for the public space close to Barnsley town hall give pride of place to a sculpture aimed at evoking memories of the local mining industry.

The artwork shows a child figure located on top of a six-metre column, intended to represent the local 'Barnsley Seam' of coal. LDA Design wants to create an environment that complements the town hall and provides an 'integrated setting' for this sculpture.

Barnsley Council's cabinet spokesman for development William Newman said: 'This will be a cornerstone in the renaissance of Barnsley and a high-quality setting for this important artwork.'

Public opinion on the ideas is currently being sought.

by Rob Sharp

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