Over the last week you may have seen two of the most prominent M62 landmarks in a different way – Emley Moor and the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill were lit up to celebrate the 2014 Tour de France’s journey through Yorkshire.
At Junction 11 of the M62 you’ll see a tall sculpture next to the motorway. This is called ‘Encounter’ and is a symbol of the New Town plan.
The New Town Development Corporation planned to restructure the whole of Warrington. Part of this plan was a proposal to construct a network of “motorways” through the town. They were actually all-purpose A-roads, but were planned to be dual carriageway and grade-separated so would function much like urban motorways. It would have looked very much like Runcorn, another nearby New Town with its own expressway network.
Warrington’s roads never got built. The sections planned to carve through existing development were never even started and the New Town districts frequently only have open space for the roads to be provided in the future. The only one that can really be said to exist is Birchwood Way, the A574.
The sculpture aims to give the New Town development a public identity.
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As you pass St. Helens you might notice an something unusual rising from the trees – a 66 ft tall white human head. It’s one of the most impressive pieces of public art in the country.
Dream is a sculpture by Jaume Plensa, sited on an old spoil top of Sutton Manor Colliery in Sutton, St. Helens, Merseyside, which closed in 1991. It cost approximately £1.8m. It consists of an elongated white structure, cast to resemble the head and neck of a young woman with her eyes closed in meditation. It is 66 ft tall and weighs 500 tons. It is coated in sparkling white Spanish dolomite as a contrast to the coal which used to be mined there.
It is located in a lovely piece of parkland.