Family / Outdoor
Leigh Dyer and the British Artist Blacksmiths Association
Between 8-10 July, a live forging took place on Hastings’ Stade. Leigh Dyer worked with the British Artist Blacksmiths Association to create a sculpture: the prow of a Norman Longboat, in commemoration of 950 years since the Battle of Hastings.
The live forging was a community occasion. Sounds and smells from the forges attracted massive audiences. The children’s forge was particularly popular. Quality craftsmanship kept people mesmerised for hours. And the presence of Plumpton College was positive, in showing young people potential future avenues.
But there is more to come. On 17 September, the completed sculpture will be unveiled on the seafront by Denmark Place. It will rise out of the shingle, and will incorporate a time capsule of letters from local residents to friends, family and the community, to be opened in 2066 on the 1000th anniversary.
“It was everything I’d hoped for and more. The response from the public, meeting other blacksmiths and seeing young people so interested and having a go.” Leigh Dyer
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