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Client: Carlisle City Council

Location: Carlisle

The public has enjoyed Kingmoor Nature Reserve for nearly 700 years, since King Edward II gifted the original moorland to the people of Carlisle in 1352.

It was also the first venue for the Carlisle Horse Race with the world’s oldest surviving horse racing prize, the Carlisle Bells. The Bells date back to 1580. Following this, the site was designated as a nature reserve in 1913, making it one of the oldest in Cumbria.

Today, it is a haven for wildlife and if you are lucky you may spot a woodpecker, owl or roe deer.

Commissioned by clients Carlisle City Council, Chris Brammall was asked to design and manufacture a new entrance sign to act as the main welcome point for visitors.

Built in patinated galvanized mild steel, the design is inspired by the location, environment and inhabitants of the reserve.

The strong lettering and large-scale posts designed as tree bark are cleverly enhanced with smaller intricate design elements such as birds, butterflies and insects.Each one created individually using hand-forged methods. The result is a beautifully balanced piece that represents both modern-day architecture and more traditional Blacksmithing as an art form.

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What people say?

Chris and his team have worked with us on a number of projects in the Lake District National Park. His design and high quality work will leave a long lasting legacy in the Lake District. We have an excellent working relationship and find Chris and his team friendly, efficient and open to our ideas and suggestions.

District Ranger, Lake District National Park

What people say?

We have worked with Chris and his team for many years now and they have completed some of our most complicated sculpture projects, with the utmost professionalism and care. Our relationship with CB Arts is more than client/supplier, we see Chris and his team as our partners who we trust. Chris Brammall is an artist in his own right and it is this element that makes his manufacture offer special to us, he understands form, scale, aesthetics and how materials will work in the public realm and this is invaluable.

Stephen Broadbent, Broadbent Studio

What people say?

We are so delighted with our two major pieces of work from Chris - a Spitfire Sculpture and our staircase. Chris listened to our requirements and gave us designs which exceeded our expectations. The Spitfire is the first thing you see on arrival at DCS Group and it is simply awesome. Then in reception visitors experience his amazing staircase as they make their way to our meeting rooms. All in all - he has created superb work and we are delighted. We would definitely use Chris again.

Denys C. Shortt OBE, DCS Group UK

What people say?

We are so pleased with the metalwork installations CB Arts have created and installed at Whitby, the house looks absolutely wonderful, as do the barriers. The installation team were great and everything went smoothly. It has been a pleasure to work with Chris and the team.

Ruth Haycock, Interpretation Manager North, English Heritage
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