Project: Staffordshire Saxon :Public Art Feasibility
Artist: Andy Edwards
Site Programme: 6 months
Atoll Service: Public Art Consultant
Project Status: Completed 2012
Whilst not involved in the artist selection or curatorially, in 2012 Ian Banks acted as arts consultant for an project partnership on a feasibility that looked to ‘upscale’ an already iconic public art work being created by artist-sculptor Andy Edwards for Stoke-on-Trent into a major public art monument. Called the Staffordshire Saxon, the work referenced the world famous Staffordshire Hoard. The project idea was first featured in a story on The Sentinel website on March 29th 2010.
Several years on, the realisation of the ultimate large-scale public art version of the Saxon has still to happen, but a 9′ version of it already has. This first scale model was unveiled at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent on the 18th May 2012 before an audience of politicians, business leaders, civic dignitaries and Sentinel readers. This statue was funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Terry Follows, and Anthony Jones, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Wedgwood, who sponsored the exhibition detailing the making of the statue. A youtube video of the Making of the Staffordshire Saxon can be see below: