The Snowdrops were produced by our Artworks team and apprentice Luke Steadman. They are part of an ongoing initiative, supporting the borough’s Britain in Bloom campaign, to enhance roundabouts with models of indigenous animals and plants. The stunning flowers took only a few months to construct and were installed onto a roundabout in Clayton connecting Northwood Lane and Clayton Road in March 2020.
The piece is surrounded by herbaceous, bee-friendly perennials and has been privately funded by Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District and Derek Mawby Surfacing.
The snowdrop is the first flower of the year to blossom, a sign that winter is transforming into spring time, and symbolises hope.
The pieces are formed out of sheet steel which are then galvanized to prevent them from rusting. Heat is then used to mould the steel to form the shape of the snowdrops. The sculpture sits at 9ft tall.