Flintshire Coast artworks becoming a Sculpture Trail
Flintshire’s coastline is getting one step nearer to its own sculpture trail
with the latest artistic addition on Dock Road, Connah’s Quay.
Flintshire’s Coastal Rangers and local business, GJ Maintenance Engineering
Limited, have teamed up to commission, design, build, and install the latest
Flintshire-made addition to this rapidly growing coastal attraction.
Councillor Aaron Shotton , Leader of the Council, and local ward member, said:
This is going to be a wonderful addition to our trail of sculptures. Based on
the Kathleen and May, the historic ship which was built on Dock Road, Connah’s
Quay, and which featured on the Onedin Line, this scale model has been built
from stainless steel by apprentices at GJ Maintenance Engineering and it will
sit proudly on the foreshore on the Wales Coast Path.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Environment, and
local ward member, said:
I am very excited that this sculpture will feature on Dock Road. The work that
has gone into it shows the quality and calibre of engineers in Flintshire and
Wales. It sits proudly with the Bagillt Dragon beacon as a key visitor
attraction to the new Flintshire Coast Park.
Gary Jackson, owner of GJ Maintenance Engineering Limited, said: We are
immensely proud of being able to make this piece for the coastal community,
Flintshire and Wales. This is a quality apprentice piece constructed in spare
time between jobs. Full credit goes to Gareth Phillips, one of our five
apprentices, for his work. We hope it will be appreciated for years to come in
this great historical setting.
”Like the estuary, the Kathleen and May sculpture is designed to look
different at different times of the day subject to light and tide conditions,”
The artwork is being installed by Marland Marine and the Quay Waterman’s
Association. Deeside Waterski Club have opened up their premises for the launch.
Mike Taylor, Senior Coastal Ranger added “It’s a wonderful piece with
intricate details such as ropes, masts and rigging. Its positioned at a key
point on the Wales Coast Path - Dock Road, where over 13,000 people will pass
it each month. Other sculptures along Flintshire’s coast include Saltney’s
Interactive History Trail by Mike Johnson; Bagillt Dragon Beacon by the
Carlyles; Saltney Sid, The Salmon Fisherman, Greenfield Dock Cockershell,
Greenfield Boy and Bettisfield Bob by Mike Owen; the Lighthouse along Talacre
Coast Road and the gateway sculpture at Talacre Beach.
Note to Editors
You are invited to attend a photo opportunity of the sculpture at 10am on
Wednesday 11 February outside Deeside Waterski Club on Connahs Quay Docks.