The creator of the Angel of the North will be bringing his artwork to Dewsbury.
Antony Gormley’s new sculpture will be unveiled later this at the new Kirklees College Pioneer Higher Skills Centre.
The cast iron sculpture, called WORK, will be placed on top of the building next year.
It means residents will be inspired to look up as the artwork takes its place over the town where Anthon Gormley was born.
The creation is an example of Mr Gormley’s early Beamer series, which investigates the space of a human body by using the structures of the body that normally contain it.
The sculpture is designed as a series of interlocking beams. It is constructed to allow space to penetrate the body.
The sculpture marks the launch of the Dewsbury, Blueprint Creative Town plans and is part of a wider regeneration project.
Oliver Boothroyd, Creative Lecturer in Art and Design at Kirklees College said:
“Bringing an Antony Gormley sculpture to Kirklees College has been in planning for over three years and we are thrilled to host such an iconic piece. Our early discussions with his team explained the heritage and regeneration work in Dewsbury and was key to bringing this project to life.
We have worked in partnership with the Arts Council and Kirklees Council to bring this work to our new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre and also the local community with the launch of our school’s engagement project in Kirklees. The project will open up opportunities to people of all ages locally and beyond by increasing awareness of public sculpture and the arts.”
Councillor Peter McBride, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration said:
“I’m delighted world-class sculptor, Antony Gormley, has loaned work to Dewsbury. Key public artwork like this is sure to create a new focal point in the town centre, creating discussions amongst shoppers, enticing visitors and evoking ideas for budding artists of the future.”