PERHAPS more than any contemporary sculptor other than Antony Gormley, Graham Ibbeson has recognised how to connect us with moments in our shared heritage.
Witness his tributes in bronze to the great Fred Trueman in Skipton, and to Eric Morecambe in the Lancashire resort from which he took his name.
So it is entirely fitting that his latest work – perhaps his last, for he is forestalling his retirement – is in memory of a hero from his own home town.
The author Barry Hines, who died two years ago, created in Kes an unforgettable story of a boy’s attempt to free himself from the community in which he felt trapped.
A model of Mr Ibbeson’s statue of the boy, and the kestrel he befriended, was unveiled yesterday. It has been funded by public subscription, and we hope that enough will now be found for a full-size version in the centre of Barnsley.
It would be a touchstone with which the whole town could identify, and enjoy.