A public art project developed by Chrysalis Arts for a series of commemorative lock gates created with a sculptor and three poets working with the Canal and River Trust to celebrate the inauguration of the new charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterway in England and Wales.

“Functional objects have always held a fascination. The addition of a further ‘texture’ using considered and crafted language to these wonderful structures is an exciting prospect – ‘working words’.” Peter Coates – Sculptor

“Locklines strikes a balance between respecting the heritage of the waterways as an industrial monument – which our lines acknowledge – and helping people to see them anew in the latest stage of their evolution, as places of peace and beauty, where there is room for contemplation and renewal as well as history.” Jo Bell – Canal Laureate

“Locklines brings together two worlds; contemporary public art and the canals and their heritage, combining high quality art and traditional skills to delight us now and enrich the heritage of the canals for future generations.” Kate Maddison – Chrysalis Arts

Project & Date: Locklines 2012-2013
Commissioned and installed by Canal & River Trust.
Funding support from Arts Council England
Project development by Chrysalis Arts
Sculptor: Peter Coates
Photos by Porl Medlock

Poet: Ian McMillan
Location: Lock 30, Leeds/Liverpool Canal at Holme Bridge, Gargrave, North Yorkshire. OS Grid Ref: SD 944544

Poet: Jo Bell
Location: Lock 9E, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Milnsbridge, West Yorkshire. OS Grid Ref: SE 118158

Poet: Roy Fisher
Location: Lock 8 Birmingham Farmers Bridge, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, Birmingham, West Midlands. OS Grid Ref: SP 064872

Poet: Roy Fisher
Location: Locks 4 & 5 Hillmorton, Oxford Canal, Rugby, Warwickshire. OS Grid Ref: SP 540743

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