New Sculpture installed at Cannon Hall

A stunning new sculpture by American born artist Jim Robison has been installed in the hidden glade at Cannon Hall.

Jim has been based in Holmfirth for many years and his four panelled ceramic piece, Success is a Journey, Not a Destination, reflects the many aspects of Yorkshire, from the rural to the industrial, with an emphasis on educational discovery.

The artwork, surrounded by wooden seating and willow hurdles, has created a place of quiet reflection in the newly opened discovery area in the Hall’s beautiful park and gardens.

The installation of the sculpture has been made possible through the hard work of the Barnsley Rotary Club, who funded the project, undertook the building work and provided the seating.  It involved a range of professional skills provided by Rotarians, through planning, design and sourcing materials right up to the actual installation.  It became a great team project, not only for members of the Rotary Club but also their friends and families. 

Barnsley Rotary is enormously grateful to Jim Robison, who not only gifted the work but also gave time and attention to ensure that it is displayed to its greatest advantage and can be enjoyed long into the future. 

The project was supported by the team at Cannon Hall who were keen for the artwork to be on display in the parkland.

Rotary project manager Robb Walker said “This has been a challenging project for our Rotary Club in many ways, but we are delighted with the outcome.  The team at Cannon Hall were in full support, and are among the many who deserve our thanks.   The sculpture will attract wide attention and we hope it will provide pleasure and interest for visitors to the Discovery Trail.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “We would like to offer our thanks to the Barnsley Rotary Club and Jim Robison for all their hard work in making this wonderful project possible. The sculpture will be a brilliant addition to the hidden glade at Cannon Hall which will be open on Friday, 20 August for people to explore.”

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