House hunters searching for a new home in the popular Leicestershire village of Rothley will notice an impressive stone sculpture as they enter the William Davis Homes development at Heathe Meadow.
Designed and hand built by Harrogate-based stone mason Johnny Clasper, the sculpture sits on the bank at the development’s entrance, where the house builder is currently building a collection of 3-4 bedroom homes. Measuring 10m in length by 1.8m in height, the sculpture took Clasper six weeks to create and used over 15 tonnes of materials.
He said: “I spent time driving around the local area to get an idea of the stone styles but it seemed that decorative brickwork was more prevalent.
“Using this idea as the basis for my design, I created a drawing for a sculpture that would deliberately stick out as a feature for the development. The finished sculpture uses a combination of sandstone from Barnard Castle, Durham; house bricks and locally sourced pink granite and it’s all traditionally built with cement and mortar”.
Having spent ten years as a bricklayer, Clasper left the trade to pursue his passion for stone masonry and set up his business in 2001. Today, his work encompasses a mix of private and public pieces including at Great Yorkshire Showground and Sutton Bank National Park Centre. The sculpture at Heathe Meadow marks his first ever public artwork for a house builder.
He added: “This has been a great project to work on; technically challenging at times, especially the twisted pillar arch at the end, but I’m really pleased with the end result. My aim was that it’s distinctive but also part of the natural environment. I hope all the new home owners at Heathe Meadow can enjoy it for many years to come”.