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AN ATTENTION-grabbing sculpture celebrating the area’s manufacturing history has gone up in Barnsley.

The third of a series of artworks, the four metre high Tin’t Tin Tin (Bird Totem) is the final piece in the Gateway Artwork project, marking key routes into the town centre.

Paul Slater with his sculpture, which draws inspiration from birds and Barnsley's manufacturing history .Picture: Scott Merrylees

Paul Slater with his sculpture, which draws inspiration from birds and Barnsley's manufacturing history .Picture: Scott Merrylees

It contains patterns and shapes derived from the decorative tins created by Barnsley Canister Company, once based in the area, and recalls the business’s eclectic products, patterns and bright colours.

Artist Paul Slater worked on the sculpture with students at Barnsley College, the pupils of Burton Road Primary School and Barnsley Archives and Local Studies department.

He said: “The bird theme emerged early in the development of the piece through consultation with local people, and it just worked.

“The birds are playful, totemic and celebratory, whilst reflecting the materials and rich colours used in the products that the Barnsley Canister manufactured.”

It was funded by developers with a contribution from the Arts Council.