Green light for £5,000 Hester's Way art project
PLANS to create a wooden Story Chair in Hester's Way Library have been given the go ahead by Cheltenham Borough Council.
Members of the authority's public art panel approved the £5,000 sculpture this week.
The carving will be a place to listen to recordings of people talking about their experiences and memories of Hester's Way.
Cheltenham artist Natasha Houseago will create the sculpture after getting ideas from people living in the area.
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Andy Hayes, manager of the Hester's Way Partnership, a charity which works to improve the community, is excited about the project. He said: "I'm very pleased with the panel's decision.
"It's positive for the people of Hester's Way to get involved in the arts."
Funding for the project comes from money given to the council through a section 106 agreement with the developers behind the Ash Tree Mews estate in Rowanfield Road.
Mr Hayes said the terms of the agreement were that the art project is completed by the end of March.
Public consultation on the sculpture begins this month, and it will be placed in the children's area of the library in Princess Elizabeth Way.
Dave Grange, from Cheltenham-based art group Creative Solutions, will be interviewing residents to provide the recordings, which will be played through headphones attached to the chair.
Natasha, 46, said: "It's a fantastic project and I'm glad to be involved.
"I want the chair to be really big – six or seven feet high – and robust so it's throne like and children can run up and jump on it.
"Hopefully the children and residents' designs will drive the whole sculpture.
"We are asking people to write something down on pegs, which they can hammer into holes on the bottom of the carving.
"The pegs will have the effect of making the bottom of the chair a bit like braille."
Natasha said she was hoping to use wood from a local tree to carve the chair.