By Ninder Kaur
Nine beautiful sand sculptures are being carved in separate Bradford city centre locations by celebrated local artists from Sand In Your Eye.
Each of the large pieces in Discovering Bradford will celebrate a different aspect of Bradford
and its past in a trail which encourages people to explore the city centre.
Over 30 tons of sand have been brought into Bradford, compacted in boxes then carved into beautiful artworks in full view of the public.
Located on The Broadway, the centrepiece is an eight ton sculpture of Bradford’s cityscape featuring the Wool Exchange and Alhambra Theatre in miniature.
Another large piece celebrates Bradford’s 19th century textile heritage with a flock of sheep grazing inside the Kirkgate Shopping Centre.
A large ‘Culture Bench’ will be created in Centenary Square, a place where local people like to sit and chat with one another.
Literary buffs will enjoy a large sculpture of Emily Bronte displayed at Bradford Waterstones bookstore, and Bradford Interchange will be graced by a giant four ton ‘Wild Boar’, which is featured on the city’s crest.
People will be also be able to see two beautiful winged ‘Cottingley Fairies’ at the Darley Street Santander and on Rawson Place.
Bradford’s 1911 FA Cup victory will be marked with a sculpted trophy in the window of Forks Bakery on North Parade.
Perched on an old stone doorway, a symbolic of guardianship, a small cat will keep vigil over the city.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “Sand in Your Eye have done some fabulous sand sculptures to grace Bradford city centre before. It’s amazing what they can achieve in sand and I’m really looking forward to seeing these latest works.
“The founder of Sand in Your Eye, Jamie Wardley, also has the distinction of being a Bradfordian, and his company is now famous internationally as well as nationally. So it’s great to see how successful he has been and welcome him back to his home city.”
Jamie Wardley, from Sandinyoureye, said: “It’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate Bradford’s cultural heritage and to make sand sculptures here in the city again.”
Discovering Bradford runs from 5-12 November and has been commissioned by Bradford Council.