New sculpture goes up on Daventry roundabout

A new sculpture has been installed on one of Daventry’s roundabouts

Made in steel by artist Tim Ward, the Daventry Calling sculpture stands at seven metres high and consists of five masts with a laser-cut ‘radio wave’ text ring.

The new sculpture gets installed

The new sculpture gets installed

The sculpture was borne out of the town’s historic connection to radio and radar.

The new sculpture has gone on the A425 South Way/Abbey Street roundabout near to the Abbey Retail Park.

Cllr Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at DDC said: “It’s wonderful to see the sculpture in place.

“It has really brightened up a major gateway to the town.

“What’s more, it highlights an important part of our history.

“Daventry was once famous the world over thanks to the BBC World Service broadcasts and this sculpture serves as a permanent reminder of Daventry’s rich broadcasting heritage.”

The sculpture was paid for by Ashford Developments as part of its planning obligations following the construction of the town’s Abbey Retail Park in 2009.

An additional grant of up to £5,000 was also secured from the Arts Council to help fund it.

Artist Tim, who lives in Essex, was chosen to lead on the project. He then came up with three proposed designs that people in the town could comment on and vote for online as well as at a number of public events last summer.

The winning design was inspired by the radio call sign ‘Daventry Calling’, used by the BBC World Service, which was originally broadcast from Borough Hill.

In 1935, this radio station was used for the first-ever practical demonstration of radar.

Speaking about the project Mr Ward said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with the local community in developing the design proposals.

“It is an exciting project in which we have tried to create a sculpture which reflects Daventry’s history and is contemporary in style - a landmark for the future.”

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