Watching the Washlands
Andressey Bridge, Burton on Trent
Steel, concrete, ceramic tiles, mirror mosaic
The National Record says:” The sculptures are intended to resemble Indian wayside icons, colourful figures which traditionally guard the boundaries of villages from evil. The two sculptures are placed a few feet apart; one is a rounded edged cuboid shape with two bulging eyes, the other is much larger and has a concave face which bears some similarity to Cubist imagery.
“These sculptures form part of the Washlands Sculpture Trail which was set up by the Borough of East Staffordshire’s Leisure Services with support from the Burton and District Arts Council, Burton Civic Society, Burton-upon-Trent College and West Midlands Arts. Financial aid and materials were supplied by the sponsors and local businesses. The sculptures are intended to, “offer innovative interpretations of the natural, social and historical heritage of this unique area and its relevance to the people of Burton today”. The projects deliberately involved local people, especially schools and various community groups.”