Dream

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.

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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.

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Read more:

http://www.dreamsthelens.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_(sculpture)

http://www.suttonbeauty.org.uk/dreamsthelens.html

http://www.suttonbeauty.org.uk/manorwoodlands.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-11034719

 

Photos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eplG6PZ7aA0

http://www.crosbyherald.co.uk/videos-pics/crosby-photos/2010/01/10/the-big-freeze-continues-as-merseyside-and-the-north-west-sparkles-under-the-snow-100252-25567431/

http://www.artinliverpool.com/?p=24792

Scammonden Bridge

Not far from Stott Hall Farm can be seen one of the most impressive engineering feats on the M62 – Scammonden Bridge. The Bridge spans the Deanhead cutting carrying the B6114 road over the motorway. It can be found in Kirkless, West Yorkshire. The bridge is named after the village that was flooded to accommodate the Scammonden reservoir.

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On opening, the bridge was the longest single-span non-suspension bridge in the world, and is the longest arch bridge in the UK.

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In the links below there are some amazing pictures showing the construction of the bridge and the M62.

 

Read more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scammonden_Bridge

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/dblock/GB-404000-414000/page/16

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2241187

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox5GQTp_O3w

http://wikimapia.org/2334002/Scammonden-Bridge

http://www.shacknet.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=9441

http://www.ciht.org.uk/motorway/m62bounpole.htm

Images:

http://heritagephotoarchive.co.uk/p16322985/h8AC9A88#h8ac9a88

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-15308245

http://heritagephotoarchive.co.uk/p16322985/h12492FE0#h12492fe0

http://heritagephotoarchive.co.uk/p16322985/hDB8905D#hdb8905d

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nondesigner/8512172027/lightbox/

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/23297