The Clothier statue unveiled on Leicester's historic New Walk
September 2nd - A statue called ‘The Clothier’, representing Leicester ’s rich heritage in the textile and fashion industry was unveiled on Leicester’s historic New Walk. ‘Friends of New Walk’ raised over £30,000 to erect this piece of public art which was specially commissioned from sculptor John Atkin FRBS.
John Atkin’s pieces are world renowned. ‘Strange Meeting Sculpture’ by John Atkin was part of the Beijing City Space Sculpture exhibition coinciding with the last olympics and the Clicker statue further up New Walk which represents the shoe industry was also sculpted by him.
James Bowie, Managing Director of the Belmont Hotel, Leicester who is Chairman of Friends of New Walk commented: “Friends of New Walk are proud to help preserve this historic pedestrian thoroughfare for future generations and have supported public art as part of this process. Friends of New Walk's Arts sub-committee led by Adrian Weston have been working with John Atkin for some time and were delighted that this statue celebrating Leicester’s heritage in the textile industry was inveiled.
New Walk, originally known as Queen’s Walk, was laid out in 1785 by Leicester Corporation as a pedestrian way connecting the town, from the area of Welford Place, to the racecourse (now victoria Park). extending for some 1,100 metres, this walk has no vehicular access and houses are set back at least 10 metres from the footway. New Walk has three open spaces attached to it, Museum Square, De Montfort Square and the oval and in 1969 it was designated a Conservation Area.
Image: Pictured with the statue Ross Grant, John Atkin and James Bowie