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ArtistMaker: FALLAIS, Lesley and Les BIGGS
TitleOfWork: decorative gateway feature
DescriptionOfPhoto: detail centre of gate with globe
DateOfCreation: 1999
Medium: painted stainless steel
Location: Across a gap between shops on High Street, Wombwell. Behind the gateway is a street called Pearson's Field.
AtoZReference: p.26 6B
Postcode: (SE440403)
Street: High Street and Pearson's Field
TownOrVillage: Wombwell
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b059b
Description: Pedestrian access is under two side arches, one at either side of a central panel, of this decorative arch feature which fills the junction between High Street and Pearson's Field. The piece is constructed on a frame of black-painted steel rods embellished with features cut from steel plate. Small birds sit on two trees either side of a centre panel. This is composed of emblems referring to life in Wombwell: cricket, Christianity, glass-making, tennis, Yorkshire Rose, music, steam engine, a canal barge carrying coal, mining, butterfly, a drinking fountain, safety lamp. A round bronze map of the world is in the middle of the central section of this panel. The central section of the work is topped by a unicorn's head with the word "WOMBWELL" beneath it and a larger arch above.

Inscription: A plaque on a low wall by this archway reads:
" Wombwell Town Centre / This plaque was unveiled to commemorate the opening of the refurbished Wombell Town Centre / by / The Mayor of Barnsley / Councillor Howard Lavender / 18th December 1999 / The arch was designed by the young people of Wombwell and artists Lesley Fallais and Les Biggs / with the help and encouragement of the Wombwell, Jump, Hemingfield and Broomhill / Community Partnership and Barnsley Metropolitan Council / The reburbishment work was supported by Yorkshire Forward, the European Regional / Development Fund and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council "

Commission: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Support from the European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward.

Comment: Funding details are on a plaque fixed to a low wall

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