SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Transformed Canal Is Now Fully Alive
years of transformation along Coventry’s once-derelict canal
will come to a conclusion this weekend with the unveiling of the
39th and final piece of art.
Canal Art Trail, which follows the canal from the city centre to
Hawkesbury is believed to be the longest waterside art gallery in
special event called Coventry Canals Alive is being held on
Saturday to mark the completion of the £2 million project.
final piece of art – the Hawkesbury Gateway Feature – will be
unveiled at the ceremony organised by the Foleshill Canals Alive
well as the public art, buildings along the waterside have been
tidied up, signs installed and pocket parks opened during the last
Canal Art Trail, co-ordinated by the council and Groundwork
Coventry began in 1994 when local community artists from Coventry
Arts Exchange were commissioned to create three 'pilot' pieces
with the local community.
of these was the colourful 'Waterwall', located at Leicester
the success of this, other commissions include:
one-and-half times life sized model of James Brindley in the
Canal Basin - created by James Butler. The figure looks
towards bridge 1 - the very bridge he designed back in the
Traveller and the Stream' and the Seats by the Water', by
Avtarjeet Dhanjal, at Swan Lane
Daimler heritage Marker, located on the towpath opposite the
old Daimler Power House
seating programme, including the 'Rope Coil' by Frank Triggs,
the 'Folding Wedges' by Jim Partridge and the 'Stone Sofa' by
Tim Shutter a solar powered light sculpture by Charles Quick.
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services), said:
event, the biggest in Coventry's recent canal history, will have
something for everyone. It
will offer local people and visitors the opportunity to learn
about the art, have fun and find out about the history and
future of the canal.
regeneration of our canal has completely transformed the
waterway and now it is a haven of tranquillity in the middle of
a bustling city.
that hasn't strolled along the towpath - enjoying the art,
nature and beauty really should come and see what they have been
event, which includes, willow sculpture making, pole jousting,
baby otters and fire-eating, starts at 11am at the canal basin and