Golden

Like yesterday’s blog another walk with Oskar, this time about half a mile away to see Golden, a sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress, which after a long wait opened last November. Following my operation last year I hadn’t been able to get down there and see it until now other than from the road. It is set in a ‘park’ overlooking the valley where the mainline railway, canal and A500 dual carriageway travel; overlooking the woodland which has grown up during the past few decades since de-industrialisation and the site of the long gone Goldendale Ironworks which was the target of a Zeppelin in WW1 which by mistake dropped its bombs on a Tunstall street instead. It’s a well-organised site with places to sit and picnic, and feels hardly visited (there is little or no signage and nowhere to park). It is most importantly quite a fine piece of work, its colour slowly developing with weathering. The slim outline works well against the roughness of the surrounding nature and industry. At night it lights up. The area has many wild flowers and will become a regular walk for me. Like yesterday the photos are not particularly sharp as I used my phone.

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