Background to the etchings
About the Project
Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative has commissioned nationally renowned etcher Jason Hicklin to create five site specific zinc etched sculptures. They are situated beside the Llangollen canal at the gateway to the World Heritage Site at Gledrid, along the Montgomery Canal at Llanymynech and Frankton Locks, with two further pieces completing the series at Ellesmere, one at the wharf on the town end of the arm and one at the mere.
They create a ‘virtual Sculpture Trail’ that can be travelled by car through approximately 20 miles of beautiful Shropshire countryside. The trail can also be explored on foot or by bicycle, following the towpath or quiet country lanes.
This project aims to increase awareness of the industrial past within a distinctive rural landscape. The sculptures in themselves will provide a unique experience of their locations and will further open the visitor to a deeper understanding of their surroundings.
Funded through the Northern Marches LEADER programme, this project is a partnership involving Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative, Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area, Friends of the World Heritage Site and Canals and Rivers Trust.