Working with internationally renowned sculptor Carl Payne, Lidice Lives is creating a three-part installation entitled “LEGACY” as the centrepiece for the land at Morley Street in Hanley, which is to be turned into a garden celebrating the concepts of rebirth and the values of friendship, empathy, and cooperation
Says Carl, “Its concept is based around the vision, compassion, and steadfastness of Sir Barnett Stross, embracing the strength and determination of the mining community. As I came to reflect on Lidice, it seemed remarkably easy to create symbolism and reflect Stoke’s situation: Stoke-on-Trent had just experienced a massive shock with the Sneyd Pit Disaster, for example.”
“The Legacy sculpture will provide the centrepiece from which the rest of the garden will flow, and the central hope is that there’ll be donations from communities who share an association with Lidice and therefore an interest in promoting peace and friendship. Already, the community of Lidice has promised to send a piece of civic artwork.”
Alan Gerrard: Lidice Lives
A decade ago, the words “Lidice” and “Stross” meant nothing to the vast majority of people in Stoke-on-Trent. Now the significance of these inspirational names is being taught around the city and surrounding areas, both directly in schools and more subliminally in the form of public art and bilateral international community projects. For example, the Messenger of Hope is a graft from the Lidice Pear Tree, the only witness to the horrors of the 10th June 1942 to survive to this day, and the Unearthed Sculpture features miners’ tags, each with the initials of a contributor who has promised to share the inspirational story.
Sadly, early in 2020, Carl passed away suddenly. Out of a mark of respect for Carl and his family, the project has been put into a state of hiatus. When the project resumes and is finally completed, the results will stand as a testament to his work, vision, and sensibilities, which we know were spliced so seamlessly with ours.