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Saltergate Artwork Unveiled

29 March 2015

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The artwork created to commemorate Chesterfield FC's time at the Recreation Ground on Saltergate has now been unveiled.

The artwork consists of a sculpture representing the stadium and its fans as well as a set of interactive plaques set in the floor symbolising several of the aspects that the ground held to Chesterfield supporters.

Local artist Melanie Jackson designed the artwork and consulted with fans and the Chesterfield FC Community Trust in creating the sculpture.

With the artwork now open to the public, Melanie reflected on the project and the helping hand she received from Peter Whiteley of the Community Trust.

She said: "Peter's done such a good job championing the project that it's made my job quite easy really and I think together we've come up with a design that's quite fitting for Saltergate. I think and hope that the fans are going to be able to relate to it and appreciate it.

"It's slightly different from how we planned. There were going to be two trees in the space, because we've got such a small area to work in, so we thought we could work with the trees and make them unique. Unfortunately, there's a sewer underneath, so we couldn't put that tree in but I still think it works really well, it's quite subtle and tasteful I think."

As well as the artwork itself, supporters can also use their smart phones to scan QR codes in the plaques - each one linking directly to a video explaining more about the plaques, the stadium and the football club.

Pete explained the thinking behind the innovative idea: "We thought it would be nice to have a multimedia aspect to the artwork, to make it more than just a lump of stone or whatever we came up with, so it was agreed early on that we would try and do some films linked to it that would have QR codes - which are sort of 3D bar codes.

"So you can take a smart phone, point it at the ground, pick up the code and it will play a short film.

"I'm very pleased with it, I'm actually proud that supporters had a part to play in the creation of a piece of artwork to mark the 139 years at Saltergate."

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