The Springs retail and leisure destination at Thorpe Park Leeds is lending a 1,600 sq ft store to showcase the work of local artistic creator Tony Clark and support charities linked to his famous sculptures.
The life-size sculpture of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, which has received national media attention, will be the centrepiece for public viewing from Saturday, 1st May before it is potentially positioned by Bradford City Council at the NHS hero’s Keighley birthplace. ‘The Walk of Hope’ bronze statue signifies the courage and strength of character of Captain Sir Tom who raised more than £30 million for the NHS at the start of the Covid outbreak.
From Saturday, 12th June the pop-up store will also feature Tony’s wider work of famous people encapsulated in life size bronze, brass and resin. These will include football legends Jurgen Klopp, Lionel Messi, Billy Bremner and Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa affectionally entitled ‘King of the North’. There is also a life size statue of boxers Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder which captures the knock down moment in their second fight. Visitors will be able to view the works of art but also purchase miniature versions of most sculptures with part of the proceeds going to charity.
The pop-up store at The Springs is being offered to Clark Sculptures as a charitable gesture to help support Tony’s fund-raising initiatives for a period of four months. The Landlord of The Springs is committed to supporting local talent and charitable causes, but also keen to provide new and engaging attractions for visitors as part of the overall experience.
Opening times will be Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm and Sundays from 11am until 3.30pm.