The Flame That Never Dies, an iconic 21 meter high public artwork designed by internationally
renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress (www.wolfgangbuttress.com ),
has been installed on the old Goldendale Ironworks site in Tunstall, Stoke on Trent. The piece makes reference
to the flame that was permanently lit when the ironworks was in operation on the site.
To facilitate the community ownership of Golden, Wolfgang was keen to work with a local arts company and commissioned North Staffordshire based participatory arts company Letting in the Light (www.lettinginthelight.org.uk)
Letting in the Light worked in partnership with Tunstall North and Nash Peake Street Residents' Associations to ensure that the local community had the opportunity to be involved in the installation of Golden.
Letting in the Light hosted a large community event on the 4th November 2016 to celebrate the lighting up of Golden.
Golden contains 1500 glass spheres that are internally lit. 1500 community members have worked with Letting in the Light and creative writer Sue Harding to write Wishes on paper that local schools hand made especially for this project. Some participants took part in a writing exercise to create a 10 beat line that defines what they could imagine seeing coming over the horizon if they stood on top of Golden. Others chose to write song lyrics, names of loved ones or their own personal message for the future. Each Wish has been rolled up and permanently enclosed in one of 1500 spheres.