Dream set to turn heads in BBC Documentary
Having featured last year in Channel 4’s Big Art series, Jaume Plensa’s Dream artwork on the former Sutton Manor Colliery in St.Helens will now feature in a BBC documentary entitled 'How to Get a Head in Sculpture', airing Thursday 28th October on BBC Four at 9pm.
The 20-metre high sculpture of a girl’s head with her eyes closed in a dream-like state examines the prominence of the human head through the history of art and tells the story of why the head has been and remains such a powerful and enduring image in sculpture from ancient times to the present day.
The producers of the programme, Blast Films, were attracted to filming Dream as they recognised Jaume Plensa’s iconic artwork as one of the most significant heads sculpted in Britain in recent years. The programme is another example of Dream’s growing national acclaim and highlights the Borough as a progressive location for regeneration and innovation.
Since its launch in May 2009, the sculpture has scooped a range of awards including the National Marsh Prize, two prestigious Civic Trust Awards, and the British Creativity Pre-cast Concrete award. It has gained an international following and generated over £4 million of publicity for the area.
See www.dreamsthelens.com for further information.
Councillor Barrie Grunewald, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre, St.Helens Council commented: “Dream’s inclusion in this exciting documentary highlights its artistic significance and amazing visual appeal, not to mention the recognition the sculpture is gaining across the world. Dream is not just a symbol of the regeneration of St.Helens but continues to generate significant economic benefits in terms of visitors from near and far. Dream has undoubtedly put St.Helens on the map and this TV series will no doubt inspire even more people to visit the region who might not otherwise have done so, which is great news all round.”