Flaming structures created a surreal world of fire at Dewsbury’s Crow Nest Park when arts group Creative Scene hosted its most ambitious project yet.
Up to 2,000 intrigued fun-seekers packed into the park to see the 10ft figures, which were made up of 750 different potted candles.
Other structures on show during Let There Be Fire included a fountain of fire and Hot Heads – huge skull-like sculpture filled with glowing charcoal.
North Kirklees arts group Creative Scene created the artwork with pyrotechnics specialists pa-Boom.
Creative producer Rebecca Legg, 31, said: “It was brilliant. We were outside and it was cold, but fortunately we had a park full of fire so were able to keep warm!
“I was at the gate and as people turned the corner, they were like ‘Oh my gosh! What’s going on?’”
“It was very calm and surreal – it was just very peaceful.”
Visitors were able to stroll amongst the artwork, accompanied by the sounds of a live harpist.
Rebecca said that many people commented on how they did not expect such a big arts feature to come to Dewsbury. The work has previously been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
But events like this may become more common in North Kirklees.
Creative Scene was formed this summer after it was announced in January that a £2m Arts Council grant had been awarded to the district.
North Kirklees is currently in the bottom 20 per cent of areas nationwide which engage with the arts in their community.
“Some of it is working with businesses and venues, but other times we’re looking a doing things in more unusual places,” Rebecca said.
The seven-strong team have already helped with Batley Festival and previewed their fire structures at various Christmas lights switch-ons in the area.
Others involved in boosting art include Kirklees Council, the organisers of Batley Festival and Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Visit our website to watch a slideshow with more pictures from the event.