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Around 75 members of The British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) have ben forging a new iron sculpture over the weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town – one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.
The new sculpture, which will be displayed in Enginuity – the Design and Technology centre at Coalbrookdale, is being forged as part of BABA’s international AGM and hands-on conference being held at Blists Hill Victorian Town this year.
A three-man team – Olly Boyett, Matt Snape and David Frazier, were each invited to produce a design for the sculpture. Olly’s concept was selected who took his inspiration from the history of metalworking within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
The sculpture is set to weigh around 800kg and the public have been to visit the museum over the weekend to watch the sculpture being forged as well as having a go at forging something themselves.
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This weekend 75 blacksmiths will be working together to create a new iron sculpture in Blists Hill Victorian Town.