The town of Nelson in Lancashire wanted a commemorative monument to celebrate its importance during the Industrial Revolution. Initially the plan was to install a contemporary spike but town council members decided to commission a piece more in keeping with the area.
This sculpture represents the town’s historical significance in textile manufacturing and is in the shape of a 12m high weaving shuttle.
Designed by artist Dave Palmer, it is made from a weathered corten steel to give it the same rusted colour as a traditional wooden shuttle.
The project was finished in August 2011 and the piece was lowered into place in Nelson town centre. It is surrounded by granite blocks engraved with local phrases and a mill song and is lit up at night.
Some of the sayings, written in Lancashire dialect, include "wen yer can si pendle hill, it's bahn ter rain. an w'en yer cahn't, it is", which means when you can see Pendle Hill it's bound to rain, and if you can't, it is.