Troubled sculpture relocated to form part of new art trail

The William Pye sculpture, to be re-located to NKDC's redesigned courtyard. Photo by Mark Suffield. EMN-150915-130103001

The William Pye sculpture, to be re-located to NKDC's redesigned courtyard. Photo by Mark Suffield. EMN-150915-130103001

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A sculpture installation that has been dogged with technical problems over the years has been relocated as part of re-landscaping plans by North Kesteven District Council.

The stainless steel water sculpture by William Pye has stood for several years outside Cogglesford Mill as part of the district’s sculpture trail projects.

It was designed to have water pumped up and flowing down the sides but experienced issues with clogging due to build up of algae and leaves.

Now it has been removed from its position in part of the mill’s sluice amid plans to re-site it as part of a redeveleopment project for the central courtyard of NKDC’s offices off Eastgate.

An NKDC spokesman explained: “It was never intended as being entirely permanent down there and given the problems with maintenance, leaf litter, access, water quality, etc, we took it out.

“It’s removal helps the Navigation Trust to fulfil its aims for the waterway.

“It is proposed as a central feature in a re-landscaping of the courtyard at NKDC where it will become a prominent feature within the new When In Sleaford public arts trail, a backdrop to next year’s Ridges and Furrows arts festival in the courtyard and provide a landscape feature for photography linked to the Council Chamber’s new use as a wedding venue.

“This plan allows us to do something fresh and raise the profile of a significant piece such as this from a significant contemporary sculptor.