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Dream: a sculpture by Jaume Plensa

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This 20m high sculpture of a young girl’s head stands next to the busy M62 motorway near St Helens in Merseyside.

Dream‘ is the result of a brief from former miners from the Sutton Manor Colliery, where the giant sculpture now stands. The artist Jaume Plensa worked with the community for a year to help nurture and develop their dream to create a positive piece of public art on a large scale. The whole process was part of the Channel 4 Big Art Project.

The brilliant white marble and concrete finish beautifully reflects the light and mood of the skies, as the head peers above the treeline. I’d passed this very visible public art project several times in the last couple of months (in radically different weather conditions) while driving along the M62, and knew I wanted to view and photograph it properly. I was really lucky with the sky when I stopped to shoot this: such glorious clouds crown the view perfectly.

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Deer Shelter: a Skyspace by James Turrell

Deer Shelter, a stunning installation by renowned US artist James Turrell, is a permanent outdoor exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.The constantly changing sky is framed within a sharp-edged aperture in the ceiling of this subterranean chamber in a converted deer shelter on the estate, drawing one’s eyes upwards and challenging one’s perception of depth and colour. It’s an incredible, immersive and engaging piece.

When I saw it for the first time a couple of months ago I knew it would be great subject matter for a panorama, but the park was so busy I wasn’t able to set up the kit and capture it properly. Today I was able to stop off on the way back from an appointment, rest and have a spot of lunch, all in this wonderful space. The result is almost unreal, but I can reassure the viewer that despite the hyper-real nature of the sky, there is no retouching or colour correction at all. Brilliant.

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Space Cadets inflatables at the Lowry, Salford

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Dogspace: celebrating the Chinese New Year

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This eyecatching pack of giant inflatable dogs invaded the genteel elegance of Preston’s Miller Arcade recently, to celebrate the Chinese ‘Year of the Dog’. It was commissioned from north west-based installation artists Spacecadets. This was my submission to the spring 2006 world wide panorama event, based on the theme of ‘borders’. You can read more about this exhibition, and see the full submission here.

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