Art installation planters become the latest addition to New Street development
Our work on New Street is continuing with the installation of new vertical planters, designed and created by an artist specifically for the space.
Why are we installing the planters?
We’re turning New Street into a ‘garden street’, filled with beautiful green areas perfect for socialising, complete with seating and interesting artwork.
This week you’ll see vertical planters installed which will allow plants to go upwards, creating tree-like structures, whilst ensuring that there’s plenty of space for people to congregate and shop along the street.
These planters, as well as the recently completed granite flowerbeds which have already been installed on New Street, are set to be filled with seasonal foliage next month.
How were the planters designed?
These three elegant pieces of public art have been developed by artist Tim Ward from ‘Circling the Square. They’re constructed from steel and stand at an impressive height of 12metres.
Though the planters have a similar overall style, each has their own distinct theme. The first planter’s theme is ‘Contours’, with the lattice structure representing the contours and topography of Huddersfield. The second’s theme is ‘Waterways’. The third is ‘Commerce’, with the structure created to look like threads representing the area’s rich textile history.
Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Growth & Regeneration, says:
“It’s great to see work continue on New Street with the addition of these planters, specifically designed for the space by artist Tim Ward.
“Not only are these planters going to add some greenery to our town centres, they also bring with them art and culture – which will only be celebrated further in the future, with features like the embossed poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.
“Through the Huddersfield Blueprint, the development of New Street is bringing a new energy to the town centre which will both increase footfall and, in turn, generate business growth.”