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Living wall aims to attract shoppers

A living green wall and a sculpture of a puppy are among the new works of art being installed at a shopping centre.

The art is being put in place at The Yards shopping centre in Chesterfield as part of the Chesterfield Cultural Renaissance project.

The aim of the project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Chesterfield Borough Council, is to give the shopping area a boost and attract more visitors.

The living green wall is being installed at the side of McDonalds and the puppy sculpture will be put in place in Theatre Yard, which is also known as ‘the kennels’. They have been made by Working pArts.

Other pieces will include gloved hand sculptures, holding various objects to represent the different businesses in the area, and an arc of trees. The work is set to be completed by August.

Councillor Nick Stringer, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “It’s important for town centres to deliver something creative to keep them dynamic and lively, and art is something that brings a new dimension to public spaces.

“This latest project is just one of many improvements to The Yards area which we hope will continue to thrive and attract new visitors and shoppers.”

Emma Stevenson, from M’s Gallery in The Yards, said: “There is a certain charm to The Yards area and the new arts project will certainly introduce something a bit different. It all helps to keep this part of the town centre an attraction in its own right and we hope it will encourage visitors to come and see what we have on offer.”


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