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Sculptures steel the limelight in Stourbridge

By Mark Drew | Entertainment | Published:

Metal magician Luke Perry has unveiled his latest sculpture to enhance a Black Country landmark.

His eye-catching Edwardian-style designs made out of steel were revealed at Mary Stevens Park in Norton, Stourbridge, earlier this week.

They decorate a series of information panels that will tell the story of the historic park which has been undergoing a £3 million makeover.

The metalworks will go by the Norton Road entrance and another by the war memorial.

They will aid park visitors by telling interesting stories about its past.

Mr Perry, who works out of his Cradley Heath studio, has taken inspiration from the park’s famous entrance gates, which have also been spruced up as part of the improvement works, for the design of the panels.

He said: “These will last for hundreds of years, they are a permanent addition to the park.

“I have taken inspiration from the park gates and they will tell the history of the park and the house.”

A raft of improvements have been made to the park including renovations of the war memorial and bandstand and Heath Pool as well as the creation of a new cafe and toilets.

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The entrance gates, which had long been in need of repair, were lifted out of place to be refurbished.

The grade II-listed bandstand saw parts of its original ironwork replaced and the Stourbridge coat of arms installed. A new power supply to the bandstand was also laid to make future concerts easier to stage.

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed the revamp to go ahead.

Mark Drew

By Mark Drew
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