Butterfly gates at West Park Long Eaton
By LEClare | Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 11:10
Local school children will join the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Jennifer Hulls, for an official ribbon-cutting launch of the newly installed Butterfly Gates at West Park in Long Eaton on Monday 9 July at 2pm.
The ornate gates have been designed and made following a joint project between Erewash Borough Council, three Long Eaton schools and professional artists from the visual arts organisation Artblock.
Children from Brackenfield School and Specialist College of Cognition and Learning; English Martyrs Catholic Primary School and Parklands Infant and Nursery School were asked by Artblock to write down all the things they see on visits to West Park.
The pupils then created their gate designs using their words and images from school library books. A total of 100 final designs were voted on by the children and the top three choices were then used as the inspirations for a final design by artist Diana Shepherd.
The gates have been made by Dave Turner, a traditionally trained artist / blacksmith based in Belper who still uses centuries-old techniques.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
"This has been an inspirational project, thoroughly enjoyed by the children and a great example of how our Pride in Erewash campaign is working with young people to generate interest in their borough and the importance of caring for it and looking after it for future generations.
"This project has also created something wonderful that can be enjoyed everyone - the wonderful Butterfly Gates, which provide a striking entrance to the Park. The children can be proud they have achieved the design they wanted and we hope will admire, enjoy and look after these very special gates."
The three schools involved in the arts project have all 'adopted' West Park as part of the Council's Pride in Erewash Adopt-a-Park scheme.