Stony expressions as popular head sculptures on city street get £15,000 facelift
WORK has begun to restore a popular Derby sculpture to its former glory.
Damaged and vandalised stone heads under a tree in Friar Gate are being replaced by Tim Clapcott, the Macclesfield artist who designed them originally in 2000.
Cold winter weather over the years and a vandalism attack in August 2010 left them in a poor condition.
The sculptures were installed, with the help of pupils from the Derby Royal School for the Deaf, in Ashbourne Road, to commemorate the 1821 Reform Bill riots in the city, which saw crowds storm the Vernon Street jail to free debtors.
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Mr Clapcott was commissioned by the city council and cycling charity Sustrans to design artwork to sit alongside the National Cycle Network and commemorate the city's history.
They are also featured in several city walks
The work, which will cost £15,000 and take one week to complete, is being funded through Derby City Council's Public Realm budget.