Street fountains set to flow again in Blackburn
THEY’VE been blighted by technical problems and youngsters with washing powder.
But now Blackburn’s public art fountains are to be given a new lease of life and brought back into use, council bosses said.
The cotton plant sculptures in Church Street, unveiled almost a decade ago, were originally intended to have water coming out of them.
But a series of mishaps, including reports of youths pouring washing powder into the running water, means the fountains have been out of action for several years.
The installation of the artworks was part of the pedestrianisation of Church Street, which was signed off by then regeneration chief Ashley Whalley.
Now councillor for Meadowhead, he said: “As the councillor who was responsible for the changes to Church Street, I really welcome the reinstatement of the fountains.
“At the time, there was controversy surrounding this but if you look at many of the surrounding towns, for example Blackpool, they too have introduced water features to their towns. Back then, the idea of water features in the centre of Blackburn seemed unlikely, but over time people have come to appreciate them.”
The sculptures were designed and made by Yorkshire artist Ian Randall and were plagued with problems while under construction.
Mr Randall suffered a prolapsed disc in his back, a blowout in his foundry and there were problems with the quality of materials.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for regeneration, Coun Maureen Bateson said: “We have experienced a number of technical problems with the cotton plant sculptures in Church Street, meaning that their fountains haven’t been functioning.
“We have been working to fix this issue and are expecting a new pump to be installed soon which should see the fountains up and running.”
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