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Dream can rival Angel of the North
HAVING read the letter in the St Helens Star by Mr Mckenny I find myself agreeing with many points that he makes.
However, the picnic tables and benches he speaks about, for me, are in place and I think are adequate. I agree that the signage could be bigger and better on the link road but I am biased where this is concerned.
Regarding the door to the rear of the sculpture, this had to be temporarily blocked off due to the constant mindless vandalism and theft of the cables that provided the light for the sculpture.
Consequently, the ‘rusting’ that Mr Mckenny saw on the joint is condensation caused through lack of ventilation that the original door provided. Rather like the mould that appears in your bathroom.
I believe that measures are in place to rectify this problem. Also the material used was a unique mix of Spanish dolomite marble and good old fashioned English concrete, not white render from France.
I totally agree with him that tourism brings in revenue. Remember Dream is the most visited, photographed and filmed landmark in St Helens.
It gives us a unique identity that visitors want to see, and from the people I’ve met on my many numerous visits to Dream, many are from out of the borough and Dream is their very first foray into St Helens, so having Dream looking its best at all times is crucial if first impressions are to be lasting ones.
It would be nice if we could spend more money on Dream but from the moment Dream was built the country has been in recession and I personally wouldn’t like to see money meant for care, schools and hospitals being lavished on Dream.
However, in the future when as before we become more affluent, I would like to have funding that will see Dream have better tree management and maintenance, a visitor centre, transport to the summit for the disabled and certainly a clear view from the M62 of the sculpture.
Then in my opinion Dream will rival the Angel of the North.
Remember governments come and go, recessions come and go, but great art is forever.
Gary Conley, former miner