The glass blocks in the curved back wall of Loop de Loop hold hidden treasures! They record some of the key town businesses of yesteryear, including Singers, Butler & Tanner, Cooper Bussman & Notts Industries, with embedded artifacts from the old factories, prior to closure or moving out of town. See the background report for details of its design & construction. More about camels, kilns & crucibles here.
The first Showcase, next to the Cafe Loop de Loop, explains the significance of the camel, with slides of the sculptures and a map showing the Singers Links project which has items placed throughout the town centre.
NEW VIDEOS of the wall in action, the public space in front and close-ups of the glass blocks alight – HERE
The stone wall, built in 2000, is in need of some repairs, mainly cleaning, repointing & replacement glass blocks. The glass block lighting is powered by a projector with side-emitting LED’s on a timer in the service room of the toilet block. Since erection the artwork has been subject to vandalism, weather deterioration and lack of basic maintenance. It is proposed that the glass blocks are restored by the original artist, Helga Watkins-Baker & that the projector is maintained by the project.