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 'Light Source' statue, celebrating 100 years of federation


The Light Source statue, commissioned as part of the celebrations marking 100 years since federation, was unveiled outside the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley on the 3rd December 2010
The Light Source statue, commissioned as part of the celebrations marking 100 years since federation, 
was unveiled outside the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley on the 3rd December 2010

the bowl (which represents the Staffordshire Hoard) countains a light
which reflects of the plate, bathing the couple in light


The 135,000 sculpture was designed by the Scottish artist David Annand.   Two figures stand on a stainless steel hexagonal pedestal, the sides of which bear the names of the six towns.

City residents were asked to choose between four designs for the sculpture, with city council and museum staff making the final decision between the two most popular. 

The city council also ran a competition to find a poem which would be written on the sculpture. The winning entry was a two-line poem written by Penkhull musician David Vickers.

His poem reads: 

"Salute with light, our city's year; 
a century embracing. 
Reflect with pride, our city's skills, 
from earth to table gracing."

The words are etched on the underside of the plate held by the male figure.

The ceremony on the 3rd December 2010 was one of the last in a series of events organised by the authority to celebrate the centenary.

although made in bronze, the statue has been treated to look like clay
although made in bronze, the statue has been treated to look like clay

 

 

"Salute with light, our city's year; a century embracing. Reflect with pride, our city's skills, from earth to table gracing."
"Salute with light, our city's year; a century embracing. Reflect with pride, our city's skills, from earth to table gracing."

 

on the plinth - the names of the six towns brought together in federation 100 years ago in 1910
on the plinth - the names of the six towns brought 
together in federation 100 years ago in 1910

 

 


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The story of the federation of the six towns 

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