The Dream, is a sculpture made by Garry McBride and his project team from a design by award-winning artist Jaume Plensa.
Located on a prominent summit of the former Sutton Manor Colliery at St Helen’s, midway between Liverpool and Manchester, the sculpture takes the form of a young girl’s head with her eyes closed in a dream-like state.
Made in 2009, from white dolomite and cast concrete, the almost luminescent finish offers a stark contrast to the history of the site and the black of the coal that still lies in the ground below.
Standing 20 metres (66 feet) high, The Dream is fifty times life size and weighs 373 tonnes, with foundation piles that go down almost twice the height underground.
Date created: 2009
Location: St Helen’s, Merseyside
Materials used: white dolomite and cast concrete
Commissioned by: St Helen’s Council/The Big Arts Project