Halo - A Panopticon in Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire.
Designed by John Kennedy of LandLab, 'Halo' is an 18m-diameter steel lattice structure supported on a tripod five metres above the ground. The core is open at the top, framing views of the sky. The steelwork has a natural silver appearance, which will temper to matt as the galvanised finish weathers. A unique feature of this Panopticon is that it is lit after dark and glows a sky-blue colour, giving the effect of hovering above the town. The lighting, using low-energy LEDs and powered by an adjacent wind turbine, is designed to minimise light pollution and avoid any disruption to wildlife.
'Halo', positioned to be clearly visible from the M66 and A56 approach to Pennine Lancashire, is one of a small number of iconic artworks to have received funding from the Northern Way as part of its Welcome to the North programme – a unique scheme to install public artworks at key gateways across the North to enhance the image of the region, improve its quality of place and increase tourism and economic growth.
'Halo' is the centrepiece of a wider partnership scheme, led by the REMADE in Lancashire programme, Groundwork and Rossendale Council, which has reclaimed and returned to public use 33 hectares of land including the former landfill site of Top o' Slate and the adjacent Duckworth Clough. REMADE was set up by Lancashire County Council in partnership with the Northwest Regional Development Agency to recover neglected land for uses such as landscaped open space, play areas, new planting, nature reserves, footpaths, cycleways and bridleways.