Blackpool Council worked with sculpture specialists AB Fine Art Foundry to re-install at South Shore: Sir Peter Blake Statues. ‘Life as a Circus’ is a piece of artwork on the Promenade across from the Pleasure Beach.
The artwork consists of two sculptures, ‘Four Man Up’ and ‘Equestrian Act’. The two statues depict balancing acts as seen in a circus, of strongmen, horses and a mermaid, each reaching around 10ft in height.
Blackpool Council has been working to recreate the statues after they were damaged in 2011, and remould them in a material that holds no value to metal thieves.
Blackpool is very proud of its high quality public art works that everyone can enjoy, many being made by internationally recognised artists.
The Great Promenade Art Show along with works such as our award winning ‘Comedy Carpet’ by Gordon Young, are part of the many unique cultural experiences Blackpool has to offer.
Following the replacement of the statues, the Great Promenade Show now consists of 10 pieces of artwork along Blackpool Promenade, including works such as the Mirrorball and Glam Rocks and now joined on the Tower Headland by the award winning Comedy Carpet outside the Blackpool Tower.
The show is generally thought of as an outdoor art gallery reflecting Blackpool’s history and character, with the works commissioned from both established and emerging artists.
Originals on Display
The two original ‘Life as a Circus’ sculptures are on public display at the main reception of Blackpool Council’s offices on Bickerstaffe Square.
‘Life as a Circus’ celebrates the great entertainment tradition of Blackpool. Named ‘Four Man Up’, and ‘Equestrian Act’, the two columns depict balancing acts of strongmen, horses, and a mermaid, both reaching a height of around ten feet.
The two statues have now been restored to new and stand in the reception at the new offices, behind an alarmed glass cabinet.
Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “When Sir Peter Blake was originally commissioned to sculpt this piece of artwork, it was a huge coup for Blackpool.
“He is an internationally acclaimed artist and to have his work in our town was absolutely fantastic. Because of the quality of work, when the originals got damaged, we vowed to do everything we could to make sure that Blackpool locals could still enjoy them in some form.
“Their new home is alarmed and secure, while still being available for anybody to come and take a look at them.”
About Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake is widely regarded as the father of pop art. He studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Art in London.
His work extends across a diverse range of media including watercolour, drawings, prints, collage, painting, and sculpture. Sir Peter has designed many album covers including The Beatle’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and Paul Weller’s ‘Stanley Road’ album. Sir Peter received his knighthood in 2002.
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