Client: Doncaster Council
Date: October 2021
Celebrating engineering, speed and connectivity and stretching 40 metres in length the public art at Doncaster Station consists of 47 monoliths which are a nod to Doncaster’s past, present and future. With a fountain and three impressive water walls, the art takes centre stage in the new public space as you step out of the train station and head into the town centre.
The concept was devised by Doncaster Council and further developed by Chris (Brammall). CB Arts manufactured and installed the piece
Chris Brammall commented: “I am really proud to be delivering this public art sculpture for the people of Doncaster. The artwork design embraces the history and heritage of locomotive engineering in Doncaster and is a very fitting celebration of the important contribution the town made. The sculpture combines my passion for metalwork, engineering and construction and these elements bring strength and scale in the design. It is something locals can be proud of as well as offering a landmark welcome for visitors arriving into the town.”
Doncaster’s contribution to the age of travel and speed, the quantity of locomotives that The Plant produced and the A3 and A4 locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley who became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) in 1911 are reflected on 40 monoliths.
The piece recognises the engineering ingenuity and gives a perspective to the volume and scale of locomotives built at Doncaster and the contribution the town made at this important time.
From these 40 monoliths, 28 recognise the locomotives named after St Leger winners as a further celebration of Doncaster’s rich heritage. The names will appear in raised 15mm steel plate mounted vertically on the face of the monolith and set in the same typeface as they were laid out on the actual locomotives.
Details from the original engineering draughtsman’s drawings of the A3 and A4 locomotives are illustrated on 12 monoliths. Drawn to scale, they give a clear representation of the size and weight of the locomotives from the inner workings to the wheels. This means when you are stood next to the monolith you feel the size and scale of the locomotives as they were.
Material is heavy 40mm steel plate designed to demonstrate the quality and weight of the locomotives and represent the overwhelming scale and size. Each monolith stands proud up to 3.7metres in height. The solid, robust, steel represents the engineering, craft and workmanship associated with building the locomotives in the famous Doncaster plant.
In contrast, seven striking red monoliths sit in between the steel monoliths. They will be screen printed in vitreous enamel to give a quality finish and very glossy depth to the paint – just like looking into the locomotives paint. They represent the sleek design and gloss finish of the A4 locomotives.
These celebrate speed. Each of a different design being a blurred snippet and flash of the world going by when looking out of the window on train journey. Every detail is carefully considered – each number represents one of the A3 or A4 locomotives built in Doncaster and is blurred into the image to give a sense of speed, a flash of colour in the landscape.
The striking red is a nod to the colour of the wheels often used on locomotives. To honour the speed and ingenuity it includes 4472, the number of the Flying Scotsman in its Doncaster green and out in front, the fastest steam locomotive the Mallard in its Garter blue. These sit at the front of the public art piece as a celebration of the engineering and a pinnacle of development of that type of locomotive.
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.
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.
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.
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.