The latest artworks to grace our Station were officially opened on Thursday, 30th May, in the presence of young people from the local “SK9” Youth Group, passengers, funders, Friends of Handforth Station members and other supporters.
Two new ornamental entrance arches now greet passengers as they arrive at the top of the steps to the two platforms. They were designed by artist Christine Wilcox-Baker, who worked closely with SK9 to incorporate their ideas into the metalwork sculptures.
SK9 members also helped paint the sculptures at the end of the manufacturing process, whilst members of the local community and rail users added their ideas at a drop-in day at the station.
One arch (at the top of the Wilmslow-bound platform) represents SK9’s suggestion that the station is part of Handforth’s DNA. This brightly painted arch uses the DNA structure as a backdrop with extended bars to suggest the rail tracks. The other arch (at the top of the Manchester-bound platform) gives us the past, present and future of rail travel with steam, electricity and satellite communications represented.
FoHS are very proud of our new permanent artwork, and express our thanks to Christine Wilcox-Baker and all those involved. We are especially pleased that the community has been so involved with this latest work, and it was great to have so many of the young people of Handforth at the launch of the artwork that they helped to create.