A brand-new art installation created by local children and people from the West Yorkshire community has gone on display at Huddersfield Railway Station.
The Horizons artwork, which consists of six sculptures decorated in bright and vibrant paintings, has been produced by members of Artists Attic Trust together with children from Carlton Junior and Infant School in Dewsbury.
Train company TransPennine Express (TPE), which manages the station, made a donation to help get the project off the ground – with funding also provided by the school.
Located on platform one, the installation is inspired by and aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing as well as diversity, cultural awareness, sanctuary, academia and identity.
This is the second artwork produced by the Trust and displayed on the railway, with their first piece already proudly in situ at Dewsbury Railway Station.
Kathryn O’Brien, customer service and operations director for TransPennine Express, said: “This bright and colourful artwork will be a wonderful addition to our station and both the pupils and community should be really proud of their creation.
“Joined by members of the local community, I was delighted to be at Huddersfield for the unveiling of the piece, which is a powerful and thought-provoking depiction that will help raise awareness for some really important subjects.
“Supporting communities across our network is incredibly important to us and we’ve recently released a new plan outlining this commitment as part of how we will become a more sustainable business.”
A spokesperson for Batley-based Artists Attic Trust said: “We believe that the community at large must be given a daily voice to be heard and to make change. Visual art projects like this send a clear message of unity and understanding to our community, not to mention showing off the sometimes hidden talent that’s in us all.”
Rizwana Mahmood, head of Carlton Junior and Infant School, said the school was proud extend the project from Dewsbury to Huddersfield station and celebrate the “life and culture of Huddersfield.”