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Sculptor David Nash launches new contemporary arts programme at birthplace of Industrial Revolution (22nd July 2015)

Sculptor David Nash launches new contemporary arts programme at birthplace of Industrial Revolution

Sculptor David Nash was in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire to install a new commission, ‘Three Black Humps’, which is on public display from 22 June 2015 until June 2016 at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Its unveiling marks the launch of ‘Shifting Worlds’, a new contemporary arts programme exploring the impact and legacy of the Industrial Revolution.

Positioned within the landscape recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the artwork is made from charred wood and is embedded in a circle of crushed coal, reflecting the cycle and history of iron. It is set against the brick remains of former Coalbrookdale Company buildings and sits next to the Old Furnace, where Abraham Darby perfected the technique of smelting iron with coke rather than coal in 1709.

Running throughout 2015, Shifting Worlds will introduce visitors to an extensive line-up of artist-led events and activities. The programme has been funded by Arts Council England and is a collaboration between the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts. Find out more at www.ironbridge.org.uk and www.meadowarts.org