This extraordinary Jaume Plensa master piece is erected to honour the human heritage of the Sutton Manor Colliery site and pay a lasting tribute to the history of coal-mining in St.Helens, to symbolise the area’s post-industrial transformation, to put St.Helens “on the map” – raising its profile and enhancing its image, to create an iconic new landmark for the whole region, to generate significant economic benefits in terms of additional visitors and new inward investment, to re-invigorate local community pride, to serve as the catalyst for a lasting, high-impact, public art legacy programme.
(excerpt from Objectives & Partnerships)
The Dream concept was not only the artist’s response to the brief and its ex terra lucem “Leitmotif”, but also directly informed by Jaume‘s conversations with the ex-miners and other members of the local community about their aspirations.
What had clearly emerged from these discussions was that, far from wanting a mining monument, they sought instead a forward-looking piece that would provide a beautiful, inspiring, contemplative space for generations to come.
In Jaume‘s words, “Despite her wonderful vantage point and view, the girl’s eyes are closed, looking inward. This is in part my homage to the miners and their dream of light when underground.”
(excerpt from The Dream Concept)
Dream is located on the site of the former Sutton Manor Colliery in St.Helens.
It overlooks junction 7 on the busy M62 motorway and is midway between the region’s two urban and cultural hubs of Liverpool and Manchester.
1,000s of tonnes of clean soil were imported in 1997 from the construction of the Trafford Centre to cap the spoil heap and make it fit for tree planting.
The Forestry Commission has planted over 50,000 trees on Sutton Manor since 2002.
Dream faces due south in the direction of the coal seam which runs to Fiddler’s Ferry power station and beyond into Cheshire.
Its position means that as the sun moves across the face from east to west its contours and shading change during the course of the day.
The summit of Sutton Manor where Dream is sited offers good views across the Cheshire and Lancashire plains, and of the mountains of Snowdonia, the Pennines and the Peak District.
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(excerpt from Site & Location)
Bold Forest Park is an evolving idea to develop the woodlands and businesses of south St.Helens as a place to visit and enjoy, bringing local jobs and prosperity.
The Forest Park area (see map) straddles the M62 between Junctions 7 and 8. At its heart are areas of community woodland planted at the former colliery sites of Colliers Moss, Clock Face and Sutton Manor. The proposed park boundary also takes in woodland at Wheatacre, Maypole and Griffin Wood and a wider area of urban fringe farmland.
Achievements so far:
The natural environment of the Forest Park area has made huge strides over the past 20 years, and is now home to the Dream sculpture and a range of attractive young woodlands and green spaces to explore:
(excerpt from About Bold Forest Park)