Lincoln’s newest piece of public art – the Archway on The Strait – was officially launched today by the city’s Mayor Councillor Brent Charlesworth.
And the Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson was also on hand to bless the iconic feature – watched by representatives from businesses based in the area and intrigued passers-by.
The archway, which connects Lincoln city centre with Steep Hill and the Cathedral Quarter has been developed by the Bottom of the Hill Traders’ Association in collaboration with Lincoln BIG.
Lincoln artist Lea Goldberg created the design – which features James Usher’s Imp, the Magna Carta and a hare, goose, amphora and fish (symbolic of the city’s ancient markets) – after winning a competition inviting concepts.
And Sleaford-area blacksmith Tim Mackereth of Anwick Forge translated her design into the finished artwork.
The installation has been funded through a variety of grants and fundraising events.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Public art helps to enhance the experience of the city centre for visitors.
“Features like this reinforce Lincoln’s unique identity and story and help to make our city stand out from the crowd, by encouraging visitors to explore our many attractions and find out more about our history.”
The archway takes pride of place in an area which leads into Steep Hill, which was named Britain’s Greatest Street 2012 by The Academy of Urbanism.
It will be an added attraction for the thousands of visitors Lincoln is looking forward to welcoming to Lincoln for this year’s 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta celebrations.