A Walk To Dream

November 16, 2013


Everyone has those places right on there doorstep that they never visit. The town I grew up in and moved back to last year took part in a Big Art project nearly 7 years ago; this saw a monument being designed by Jaume Plensa and built on an old colliery site to pay tribute to the town’s mining history. It’s interesting that the ex-miners rejected the artists original idea of a miner’s lamp as it was too obvious but they loved the conceptional idea of a girl’s face.

The Dream Concept

Dream takes the form of a 20 metre high girl’s head with her eyes closed, seemingly in a dream-like state, resting on a plinth bearing the inscription “Dream Sutton Manor” inspired by the small, circular “tally” each miner carried as a means of identification.

The Dream concept was not only the artist’s response to the brief and its ex terra lucem “Leitmotif”, but also directly informed by Jaume’s conversations with the ex-miners and other members of the local community about their aspirations.

What had clearly emerged from these discussions was that, far from wanting a mining monument, they sought instead a forward-looking piece that would provide a beautiful, inspiring, contemplative space for generations to come.

In Jaume’s words, “Despite her wonderful vantage point and view, the girl’s eyes are closed, looking inward. This is in part my homage to the miners and their dream of light when underground.”

Dream Website

I remember watching the Big Art programme on television but we have never visited the Dream sculpture. You can see it from the roads as you drive past the site and as we had a beautiful crisp day last weekend we wanted somewhere to different to walk; the sculpture is within the Mersey Forest so it was a lovely stroll up to the statue, although Lucas wanted to be carried up the hill! The 20 metre sculpture looks pretty spectacular and the cement is a special bespoke mix deigned to make it look almost luminous white. I liked that you can’t really see it as you walk round the forest so it is revealed as you turn a corner. It looks amazing against a beautiful, blue, autumnal sky and despite having plenty of viewers it is a very peaceful space.



Dream 1

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  • Alexandra Mercer

    There’s plenty to explore right on our doorstep, I should really get out there!

    November 16, 2013 at 10:19 am Reply
  • brinabird and son

    Very surreal looking and wondrous.

    November 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Coombe Mill - Fiona

    What a wonderful monument with such meaningful sentiments. It’s sighted in a very picturesque place and as you say the sky is a stunning backdrop. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    November 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • TheBoyandMe

    It’s really beautiful, but isn’t it odd that they went for that rather than something more obviously linked to mining? The stone looks so smooth and stands out wonderfully against the blue sky.

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

    November 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    It’s beautiful, and I like the story behind it. x

    November 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • LeeLee

    Wow, I agree this is beautiful!

    November 19, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Mummy to boyz

    We done the tourist thing locally recently too and loved it – must do it more often #CountryKids

    March 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm Reply
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