The Way of the Roses; Travelling Histories Public Art Project

  • Casting the figure representing the monastic past

  • Modelling the figure representing the monastic past

  • Drawing the figures

  • Discussing the first figure with nva trustee Debby Moxon

  • Roughing out a stone block

  • The completed figure representing agriculture

  • Joseph Hayton with his work "Green Man"

Developed by Sustrans, The Way of the Roses is a long distance coast to coast cycle route across some of the most beautiful landscape in the UK between Morecambe on the west coast and Bridlington on the east coast. ‘Travelling Histories’ is the public art programme developed by lead artist Matt Baker as a moving history to accompany the traveller along the way.  It will consist of 12 public artworks marking traditional movements of people, historical events or phenomena which coincide with this 170 mile long distance route.

nidderdale visual arts has been commissioned by Sustrans to deliver the Pateley Bridge Passing Place, one of three locations chosen to pilot the project. Joseph Hayton has been selected to design and create the piece of work for nidderdale which is Pillars Past, a stone sculpture representing the historic elements which have influenced Nidderdale.

You can see the progress of  the creation of this work in a series of short films. Just click on the links below.

Pillars Past was officially opened in October 2014