Eccles Footbridge – Laser Cut Steel Artwork

Eccles Footbridge - Laser Cut Steel Artwork

I was commissioned by Salford Council Regeneration Team in 2016 to design two large scale artworks for the entrance points of a bridge crossing the M602 Motorway in Eccles, Salford. I had previously designed a series of large stainless steel plaques celebrating the work of local community groups in the area, which span the inside of the bridge and these two new artworks were part of a second phase to the project.

The laser cut steel artworks cover the existing stainless steel anti-access panels on bridge, (approximately 6 meters in width), and use 3mm galvanised and powder coated steel. The inspiration for the design came from consultation with sixth form art and design students from Ellesmere High School in Eccles. We decided to use the idea of 'industrious bee's' collecting nectar from blossom to represent our aims below...

“Our idea symbolises equality, unity and togetherness. Like bees, we depend upon each other to thrive and survive,
contributing individually to create a proud hard working community”.

In addition the bee's we also incorporated Eccles landmarks into the design. Working on an arch structure was not easy, but it was worth it in the end to be a part of such a magnificent regeneration project.