The Big Burton Carousel artwork

Jump aboard the carousel

The Big Burton Carousel is the new sculpture trail coming to Burton town centre in the summer of 2022.

It follows the success of the Burton Swans trail, which brought colour and fun to the streets and open spaces of Burton town centre for 10 weeks during the 2020 pandemic.

For 2022, the plans are bigger than ever. With social distancing and the virus hopefully a thing of the past, there will be more opportunities than ever for local businesses and organisations to get involved and for people to visit from further afield.

Once again, Project Manager Tilley Bancroft will be looking for artists who want to submit designs for 30 sculptures in the shape of carousel horses. Submissions will open from September 1, 2021.

Businesses can sponsor a horse, on their own or as a team of up to four. You can find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Burton business Hardy Signs Ltd is already on board with the new project. They are creating the horse sculptures from a type of recycled plastic, giving a beautiful, new purpose to a material that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.

At the end of the sculpture trail next year, the horse sculptures will be auctioned off with all the profits going to Burton & District Mind, the mental health charity.

Horses have been chosen to celebrate an important part of Burton’s history and heritage. From the late 1890s until the middle of the 20th century, Burton was home to Orton & Spooner.

George Orton and Charles Spooner were renowned across the world for creating some of the most innovative fairground rides. They also employed scenic artists who decorated the rides, including carousel horses, with breathtaking artistry. Two of the most famous artists were the father and son team of Albert and Sid Howell.

To find out more about the project as it unfolds, you can follow The Big Burton Carousel on Facebook,  on Twitter and on Instagram. There is also a new website at thebigburtoncarousel.co.uk.

There will also be a chance for businesses to learn more about the benefits of sponsoring a horse at a meeting at The Brewhouse arts centre on July 5 at 2pm. It’s free to attend but places are strictly limited because of COVID, so book here on Eventbrite. 

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