Sculpture unveiled in Luddendenfoot

New sculpture at the canal side in Luddenden Foot.
New sculpture at the canal side in Luddenden Foot.
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A new sculpture by the Rochdale Canal in Luddendenfoot has been unveiled as part of a redevelopment project.

Artist Joss Smith spent three months creating a limestone model of a boat fender - a bumper historically made out of knotted rope.

The installation is the part of an overhaul to access to the canal at Boy Bridge on Station Road

It is estimated that 3.5 million visits per year are made to the Rochdale Canal, which contributes £4 million net additional spend in the local economy, supporting 160 jobs and 313 tourism and leisure businesses along its length.

The four-year Canal Connections scheme has also seen improvements to tow-paths in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Ruth Hair, South Pennines Leader Project Manager, said: “The scheme has seen us make huge improvements to the canal side from Littleborough to Sowerby Bridge and this sculpture is the final part to be completed.

“It has created a whole new community space which will hopefully turn that whole area around because it’s a beautiful space.

“It’s Joss’ interpretation of the history of Luddendenfoot. The dark appearance of the piece reflects the darkness of the canal water.”

Sculptor Joss Smith said: “It was important to me that the work could be enjoyed by very young people as well as being a viable modern sculpture.

“The treatment of the site attempts to create a sense of place which reflects something of the heritage of the area and the canal and I hope it will be a lasting addition to Luddendenfoot.”