Follow the Stoke-on-Trent Sculpture Trail

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Discover a different view of Stoke-on-Trent on its inspiring Sculpture Trail this autumn.

The Sculpture Trail includes statues of some of the great locals who have left their mark on the city, including Sir Stanley Matthews, Josiah Wedgwood, and the designer of the Spitfire Reginald Mitchell, as well as monuments and memorials linked to the history and heritage of The Potteries.

Drawing together 40 individual sculptures into a city-wide collection of art, the final piece in the surprising jigsaw is a work entitled “Golden: the flame that never dies”. Made by sculptor Wolfgang Buttress, Golden refers to the flame that sprang from the original Goldendale ironworks, which locals referred to as “the flame that never died”. The new artwork stands 20 metres tall, and includes over 1,000 hand blown glass prisms.  Each one contains a memory or wish written on handmade paper by hundreds of people in the local community.  The sculpture will also be internally lit so that it appears to glow at night.

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Light of the City, The Potteries Museum & Art GalleryLight of the City at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery © Jackson Hammond
Tree Stories sculptureTree Stories © Jackson Hammond
Privilege sculpturePrivilege © Jackson Hammond
A Man Can’t Fly sculptureA Man Can’t Fly © Jackson Hammond
Sir Stanley Matthews sculptureSir Stanley Matthews © Jackson Hammond

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