On World Circus Day, 21st April 2018, Staffordshire-based, Realise charity, honoured the father of modern circus, Philip Astley, with the unveiling of a series of bespoke 15ft metalwork sculptures.
2018 marked the 250th anniversary of the modern circus.
Made by our Artworks team, the project was funded by the charity with support from the Business Improvement District, situated on George Street in the birth town of Philip Astley are the UK’s first permanent monument to Philip Astley and his legacy of the circus.
The sculptures were designed by Newcastle-based Candida Kelsall and then manufactured by our Artworks apprentice, Liam Robinson. The memorial features metalwork silhouettes of a ringmaster surrounded by two horses on pyramid bases.
Apprentice, Liam Robinson, 17, from Tunstall said: “Working on these sculptures has been amazing and seeing them installed has made me extremely proud.”
The memorial took two months to produce from start to concept to installation.
Phil Brown, Artworks Manager.