Lighting plans for St Helens' Dream artwork

St Helens Star: Plans to light up Dream have been submitted to St Helens Council. Plans to light up Dream have been submitted to St Helens Council.

A SPECIAL report has found that having the Dream landmark sculpture lit up at night will not pose a significant accident risk.

Now Dream’s full potential may soon be realised after a new planning application was submitted to St Helens Council seeking for permission for the striking sculpture to be bathed in light.

Part of the original concept was to use light as an key part of the 20-metre high white sculpture of a young girl's head.

However, concerns were raised over the possible distraction it could cause to motorists on the M6, which Dream overlooks.

St Helens Council commissioned a 53 page report from transport advisors Mott Macdonald in Liverpool to assess the possible risk of road accidents should Dream be illuminated.

After applying detailed mathematical formula and carrying out an in-depth investigation, they concluded that they did not believe that the proposals represented any distraction or danger.

This was in direct contrast to the Highways Agency, which had objected to St Helens Planning Authority from completing the full application.

However due to strict funding deadlines, the council agreed to remove the issue of lighting from the original proposal, with the intention that it would be revisited at a later stage.

It is now intended to bathe Dream in soft white light, but not drown it out.

This will be achieved by a series of floodlights directed towards the head.

Plans for skyward beam of light from the top of the head, which were part of the original designs, have been temporarily shelved.

It is hoped that an illuminated Dream will further raise the profile of St Helens and change perceptions in the minds of potential tourists and “inward investors”.

Gary Conley, a former miner at the Sutton Manor pit where Dream now stands and one of those responsible for bringing it to St Helens, said: “In my view, rather than cause a distraction, it will be more of a focus. In the long term it’s more likely to reduce accidents on that stretch of motorway.

“The Angel of the North is on a bend as busy as the M62 and they did exactly the same there.

"Dream is set 100 metres back. But we won’t rest until we have the beam of light.

"Its working title was ‘ex terra lucem’. Or ‘out of the earth comes light’. It is the artist’s signature. The beam of light reaches out to the skies with our dreams.”

AND Dream makes a starring TV appearance in a BBC documentary tonight.

Jaume Plensa’s artwork features in 'How to Get a Head in Sculpture', Thursday 28 October on BBC Four at 9pm.

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6:32pm Thu 28 Oct 10

papyt says...

TOURISTS!!! who the hell would come to ST HELENS,you only have to drive around the place and see what a dump it is,even the bloody stupid concrete willy has turned its back on us.as for investment ,the pie shops,mobile phone shops,buy your old gold shops,seem to be doing fine,GIVE US SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF not pipe dreams or half baked ideas,but the first thing the council will say is "we have no money" what about the last 13 years they spent money like conffetti on what,could someone please tell me.
TOURISTS!!! who the hell would come to ST HELENS,you only have to drive around the place and see what a dump it is,even the bloody stupid concrete willy has turned its back on us.as for investment ,the pie shops,mobile phone shops,buy your old gold shops,seem to be doing fine,GIVE US SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF not pipe dreams or half baked ideas,but the first thing the council will say is "we have no money" what about the last 13 years they spent money like conffetti on what,could someone please tell me. papyt
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7:20pm Thu 28 Oct 10

A4 says...

Are you sure you are from Sutton Manor?

What about at weekends where you get a steady stream of tourists....yes tourists.... visiting Dream. Everytime I go up I'm never on my own there.
I'm very proud of it and so are many more... including all the people who awarded it Nine.... yes Nine.... national awards including two or three awards specially for tourism. We need more money spending on it not less.
Are you sure you are from Sutton Manor? What about at weekends where you get a steady stream of tourists....yes tourists.... visiting Dream. Everytime I go up I'm never on my own there. I'm very proud of it and so are many more... including all the people who awarded it Nine.... yes Nine.... national awards including two or three awards specially for tourism. We need more money spending on it not less. A4
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8:50pm Thu 28 Oct 10

Tedmondo says...

I have lived in St Helens for ten years now. I am originally from Belfast, but served with the forces so have moved around a bit and seen many towns and cities throughout this fine country. My problem regarding this issue and associated subjects is the cash!! How come, Widnes, Warrington, and Wigan have got new spangly shopping and leisure areas and St Helens has still got the dreary 1980's town centre that has not dramatically changed since I've been here. WHERE IS THE MONEY ALL GOING??? It is a complete and utter insult to all this towns hard workers(not the job dodging milkers, they can rot for all i care)that this council is even contemplating paying to illuminate 'The Dream'. Its nice to have such artwork near us and it should be enjoyed but come on, spend more money on it?? Whats next? Install a mono-rail up to it for those too lazy to walk. Put money into our schools, town centre, leisure facilties for goodness sake. For once we should stand up to those people we vote for and are supposed to represent us.
I have lived in St Helens for ten years now. I am originally from Belfast, but served with the forces so have moved around a bit and seen many towns and cities throughout this fine country. My problem regarding this issue and associated subjects is the cash!! How come, Widnes, Warrington, and Wigan have got new spangly shopping and leisure areas and St Helens has still got the dreary 1980's town centre that has not dramatically changed since I've been here. WHERE IS THE MONEY ALL GOING??? It is a complete and utter insult to all this towns hard workers(not the job dodging milkers, they can rot for all i care)that this council is even contemplating paying to illuminate 'The Dream'. Its nice to have such artwork near us and it should be enjoyed but come on, spend more money on it?? Whats next? Install a mono-rail up to it for those too lazy to walk. Put money into our schools, town centre, leisure facilties for goodness sake. For once we should stand up to those people we vote for and are supposed to represent us. Tedmondo
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8:55pm Thu 28 Oct 10

Tedmondo says...

Tedmondo wrote:
I have lived in St Helens for ten years now. I am originally from Belfast, but served with the forces so have moved around a bit and seen many towns and cities throughout this fine country. My problem regarding this issue and associated subjects is the cash!! How come, Widnes, Warrington, and Wigan have got new spangly shopping and leisure areas and St Helens has still got the dreary 1980's town centre that has not dramatically changed since I've been here. WHERE IS THE MONEY ALL GOING??? It is a complete and utter insult to all this towns hard workers(not the job dodging milkers, they can rot for all i care)that this council is even contemplating paying to illuminate 'The Dream'. Its nice to have such artwork near us and it should be enjoyed but come on, spend more money on it?? Whats next? Install a mono-rail up to it for those too lazy to walk. Put money into our schools, town centre, leisure facilties for goodness sake. For once we should stand up to those people we vote for and are supposed to represent us.
And another thing, have the council published how much it cost for the special report to tell us if it being illuminated would cause accidents. Special report!!! They'll pay for another special report to see if the original special report was correct.
[quote][p][bold]Tedmondo[/bold] wrote: I have lived in St Helens for ten years now. I am originally from Belfast, but served with the forces so have moved around a bit and seen many towns and cities throughout this fine country. My problem regarding this issue and associated subjects is the cash!! How come, Widnes, Warrington, and Wigan have got new spangly shopping and leisure areas and St Helens has still got the dreary 1980's town centre that has not dramatically changed since I've been here. WHERE IS THE MONEY ALL GOING??? It is a complete and utter insult to all this towns hard workers(not the job dodging milkers, they can rot for all i care)that this council is even contemplating paying to illuminate 'The Dream'. Its nice to have such artwork near us and it should be enjoyed but come on, spend more money on it?? Whats next? Install a mono-rail up to it for those too lazy to walk. Put money into our schools, town centre, leisure facilties for goodness sake. For once we should stand up to those people we vote for and are supposed to represent us.[/p][/quote]And another thing, have the council published how much it cost for the special report to tell us if it being illuminated would cause accidents. Special report!!! They'll pay for another special report to see if the original special report was correct. Tedmondo
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