Unique sculpture celebrates quarrying in Yorkshire Dales
This dramatic sculpture has been created by the artist Andrew Sabin.
Above one of the highest villages in the Yorkshire Dales, next to the last Nidderdale quarry, a giant sculpture has appeared.
The unique project is the result of an innovative partnership between private business and a local arts charity.
The Coldstones Cut has been created by the artist Andrew Sabin.
The sculpture is to be officially opened by the Director of Tate Britain, Dr Penelope Curtis, on September 16 and opens to the public on September 17.
The project began in 2005, when the owners of the quarry, Hanson Aggregates, decided to construct a new public viewing platform.
The company was approached by a local community based charity, Nidderdale Visual Arts, with the idea of creating a more artistic and inspiring platform to view the quarry.
The result of that partnership is The Coldstones Cut, a Yorkshire 'Angel of the North'.
The Coldstones Cut
The cost of the sculpture is approximately £500,000, which has been raised through contributions from a variety of public bodies.
There has also been significant support from the Nidderdale Plus Partnership, a local voluntary community regeneration agency, and Harrogate Borough Council.
Visitors to the site are able to walk through the sculpture, experiencing a range of views and interpretations of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as well as the last working limestone quarry in the area.
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