Route of Fame Planning to travel by foot or bicycle in Dartford UK? So you might possibly run into Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger — or at least his likeness in steel. Laser Process, a job shop in Cannock, fabricated this life-sized sculpture along with more than 250 others from Corten steel.

This portrait bench can be found in Kenilworth. The three characters that were chosen are John Kemp Starley, who is considered to be the inventor of the modern bicycle, Helen Martin, the most generous benefactor of the University of Warwick, and Edward Langley Fardon, a whitesmith and pioneer in bicycle design.

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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.

 



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