Art to honour rich Dale history

Joseph Hayton at work on sketching one of the three figures for a new art installation to be erected in Pateley Bridge as part of a series of art projects along the Way of the Roses Cycle route from Morcame Bay to Bridlington. Photo: Paul Harris.
Joseph Hayton at work on sketching one of the three figures for a new art installation to be erected in Pateley Bridge as part of a series of art projects along the Way of the Roses Cycle route from Morcame Bay to Bridlington. Photo: Paul Harris.
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A Yorkshire sculptor has spoken of his delight at winning the chance to create Nidderdale’s newest piece of public art.

Joseph Hayton, from Silsden, has a long connection to Pateley Bridge and has been selected to design and make a sculpture for the Pateley Bridge stretch of the Way of the Roses cycle way.

Joseph, whose father Tom Hayton has lived in Pateley Bridge for 10 years, said he is thrilled to be working on the project.

“I was extremely pleased to win the competition. It was unbelievable, I’ve only had my business going about a year, and I’m really looking forward to cracking on with the project.”

Now he has unveiled his plans for the site, which pay stribute to the area’s history.

Three statues – representing the area’s industrial, agricultural and religious past, will form a circle with a space in the middle for viewers to stand and take in the statues.

The figures – of a lead miner, shepherd and monk – all pay tribute to the important parts of Pateley Bridge’s past,.

“These three things all made Pateley what it is, and are still going on in some way,” Joseph added.

Now the drawings have been unveiled the next step is for Joseph to make clay models of the pieces before he can start carving the three columns of York stone, which will come from a quarry near Huddersfield.

From July, he will be at work in unit two of the King Street workshops in Pateley Bridge, and the public can see the work in progress. There will be an exhibition of the project in the Old Workhouse until June 16