Chesterfield Art Trail

There are many things that furnish places with identity and character and Chesterfield has them in abundance. While it often feels as though our towns and cities are losing their identity and becoming characterless, happily this is not the case in the town of Chesterfield.
The Percent for Art scheme was created as part of Chesterfield’s Local Plan. It asks all schemes costing over £1m to include a work of art to the value of 1% of the total cost of the project.

This is how the Chesterfield Art Trail came about.  Here are a few photographs from my visits to some sites on the trail.  There is also a map of all 70 plus sites also below.

You can discover all Chesterfield public art works on an interactive map

Dusk shot of rusted steel petals with stainless steel seeds exploding from the centre. Speeding train blurred in the background
Growth Sculpture Horncastle Island, Chesterfield
Life size steal walking abstract figures
The Walking Together steal sculpture Markham Vale
Close up of black steal walking abstract figures. A brass miners token is fixed a abstract figure token
Walking Together sculpture Markham Vale notice the miners token, evoking the individual tragedy
Ammonite fossil shape metal sculpture
One of a number of many public sculptures around Chesterfield. This one by Liz Lemon inspires by an ammonite fossil. Often confused called the snail it is titled the Mollusc
Large wooden bee sculpture on trunk.
Wooden bee sculpture in the grounds of Chesterfield Parish Church
barbara hepworth Rosewall reclining figure sculture
Barbara Hepworth; Curved Reclining Form (Rosewall)
When Royal Mail intended to sell the piece, a campaign was launched to keep this well loved work in the town.
Angela Conner disk Sculpture
Angela Conner disk Sculpture, Poise, situated in the gardens at the rear of the Royal Mail building on West Bars.
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