AN eagerly anticipated rhinoceros recycling sculpture has been unveiled in Maghull.
The life-sized galvanised mesh steel sculpture on Stafford Moreton Way is part of a Friends of Maghull and District crowd funded environmental wildflower project supported by Maghull Town Council.
The sculpture was lovingly and meticulously created by Chris Butler, boss of the Liverpool based internationally renowned Castle Fine Arts Foundry for material cost price only due to a bond of friendship created following the previous installation of the Compassion in Conflict statue at the town’s railway station.
It has been designed to insert plastic bottle tops to highlight endangered wildlife and the importance of plastic recycling and pupils at the town’s three primary schools have been enthusiastically collecting plastic bottle tops for some time.
The sculpture was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Maghull Cllr John Sayers with the help of pupils from Lydiate, Northway and St Andrews Primary Schools.
He added: “Our community is immensely grateful, as Chris and his family, sadly had to overcome unimaginable personal professional challenges, yet still undertook this second wonderful philanthropic work of public art for our community.”
Dr Frank Sharp of FOMD added: “In 2018 the whole area was described as ‘an absolute eyesore’ in the Champion so we formed a charity group, crowdfunded £6,500 and with the support of the community planted 12 trees, 1,500 bulbs, mixed wildlife friendly hedging, wildflower turf, including the provision of the eco-sculpture and a future eco-information board.
“We hope to inspire other projects, encourage residents to engage in local natural underused resources including Jubilee and Roughly Woods and Lunt Meadows.”