Paving artwork unveiled

A new paving artwork has been unveiled in Northamptonshire. The design celebrates the Brampton Valley Way, a former railway line, now a 14 mile long cycle route and nature trail in Beckon Fields, Northamptonshire.

The paved sculpture incorporates 25m of engraved sandstone paving and runs around the outside of a childrens play area.The sculpture alternates an image with a railway sleeper to create a curved repeating pattern.  The paving contains text and images that tell the story of the history of the railway and later some of the important features, landmarks and wildlife that can be found along the length of the trail. Images include the “Pitsford” locomotive, a former signal box, Kelmarsh Hall, cyclists, various birds and other wildlife.

This interactive, educational paving artwork was commissioned by Stonewater Developments. During the project, I worked alongside a ranger at Pitsford Water who helped to plan the layout and choose suitable imagery for the paving designs. The designs are cut into an extremely hard wearing sandstone that will ensure it is suitable for many years to come.

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