David Palmer, from Nelson, designed the five-tonne sculpture, which now sits within Market Square, Nelson, Lancashire which serves as a modern salute to Nelson’s historic weaving industry. David said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to design and fabricate something for my hometown, made of the same material as the famous Angel of the North, a weathering steel called COR-TEN, which oxidises in the elements to become a warm orange colour. “This means the feature will incorporate an illuminated centre piece – I hope local people will see it as our own “Shuttle of the North”.
Hardscape started working with Pendle Borough Council on this project in early 2008 with the aim to completely regenerate Nelson town centre over 2 phases of work. An eliptical basalt amphitheatre where the Shuttle was positioned, was designed by Pendle Borough Council then drawn and manufactured by Hardscape. Further to the amphitheatre there was 4000m2 of Yorkstone paving and granite kerbs/setts used. The phase was finally completed in August 2011.