Route of Fame
Celebs made of steel line cycling and walking routes across the UK.
Anyone who’s travelling by foot or bicycle in Dartford might possibly run into Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger — or at least his likeness in steel. This image is found at the edge of a path in his hometown. Together with more than 250 life-sized sculptures of well-known personalities, it is part of a project entitled “The Portrait Bench”. Sustrans, a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable mobility, launched the project and commissioned Laser Process, a job shop in Cannock, to fabricate the celebrities from Corten steel.
“Cutting the statues, prior to welding took about an hour,” says managing director David Lindsey. “We completed the project over a period of three years.” Using a TruLaser 5040 with a 6-kilowatt laser, some of the silhouettes the company manufactured are singer Tom Jones, actor Richard Burton, and monarch Henry VIII. They all adorn cycling paths in communities across the UK — and transform walks and cycling tours into discovery excursions.www.laserprocess.co.uk
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This article was first published in April 2014.