Local development in Wigan near the closed Parsonage colliery resulted in a large retail park and a supermarket.
In order to commemorate the mining heritage of the area, a Public Art strategy proposed animating the service yard wall of the supermarket to create a small public space.
Hardscape collaborated with Arcadis, Wigan Council, developer Brookhouse Group Ltd, Bowmer & Kirkland and installation experts Stone Central to produce four bespoke Artscape panels of various dimensions and two feature sign panels.
Crystal Black granite was chosen as the base material, with text and images being revealed in grey through shallow routing, etching and sandblasting. This provided longevity to the features, and included some information accentuated through colouration.
The polished black granite provided a monumental quality to the panels, and the sometimes-large areas of exposed grey were also intended to represent the subterranean excavations.
The panels also include realistic colouration techniques that avoided inlaying ‘Pit Tallies’ which may have otherwise been vulnerable to vandalism.
The subterranean mining plan was used to inspire a bespoke paving pattern within the small public space. This pattern was designed to meet the service yard wall at 4 points, each establishing the location for a panel to share information of the site and mining history and data.