NEW SCULPTURE: Chesterfield folk decide on artwork for new Queen’s Park Sports Centre

Jump, the winning design.

Jump, the winning design.

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Chesterfield folk have chosen the design of a sculpture to go in the grounds of the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Jump, by West Midlands based artist Mick Thacker, is based on the concept of time lapse motion photography and shows the various stages of a person jumping through the air.

Wave.

Wave.

It received 48 per cent of the 718 vote.

It was chosen ahead of Wave, by Matlock sculptor Stuart Marsh, which received 30 per cent of the vote.

The other option, Heartbeat, designed by Nottinghamshire sculptor Michael Johnson, got 22 per cent of the votes.

Mr Thacker will now make the full size sculpture of Jump which will go outside the café area of the new sports centre currently being built on the Queen’s Park Annexe site off Boythorpe Road.

Heartbeat.

Heartbeat.

He said: “I am delighted to have won the public vote and very much look forward to making and installing the new work.

“The theme and form of the sculpture perfectly fit the context of a brand new sports centre and my hope is that the work will inspire and inform in equal measure. Jump celebrates the beauty of the human body in motion and the joy of life itself.”

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, added: “The sculpture will be sited in a prominent location near the café and will help provide a focal point to the grounds.”

The final scale and finishing details will be worked on over the coming weeks before work on the sculpture begins in September ready for installation during mid-December.

The new Queen’s Park Sports Centre is on schedule to open in early 2016.

The £11.25million project is being paid for by £6.725m from the borough council, £2.5m from the town’s college, £2m from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund and £25,000 from Squash England.