Workmen pruning large trees on grassed areas below the Queensgate Market Hall in Huddersfield have revealed a hidden art treasure. The cutting back of trees has resulted in the ceramic sculptures by German artist Fritz Steller becoming more visible to the public.
There has been a campaign running for years for the trees to be cut back so that people walking and driving past Queensgate Market Hall can see the ceramics. The petition led by Chris Marsden, of Huddersfield Civic Society, was established in order to persuade Kirklees councillors to vote in favour of the pruning. The petition was initiated back in 2014.
Mr Marsden admitted he was surprised when the tree surgeons began work this week in Queensgate. According to Marsden, “the council had always insisted it is a conservation area and the trees were protected, but that was wrong.
“Then they built a stretch of cycle lane alongside the ring road running past the Market Hall and decided to cut down or prune back the trees.
“It means the sculptures should be visible to many more people.”
The sculpture, Articulation In Movement, features nine 15.5m x 15.5m relief ceramic panels with each panel exhibiting a mushroom-like shell. Each shell is turned 90 degrees with the relief stalk, with the asymmetric cap of each resembling a trumpet bell being harmoniously aligned with adjoining ones.
Each panel also includes representations that reflect the nature of the market’s goods. In the market itself, the 19 shop units on the Queensgate side vary in depth alternately, a pattern reflected on the outside wall.