In 2010, as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Town Council commissioned local artist Nicola Daley to work with the local community to create a lasting sculpture to commemorate the event.
Nicola’s work on the project began at the inaugural Party in the Park event in 2010, when she ran an interactive workshop with local residents. She then followed this with further sessions with local community groups and she turned their ideas into four sculptures, which represent what Dunstable means to the local community.
Local people identified Dunstable with four themes including the town’s Watling Street Roman heritage, the Priory Church and gliding on Dunstable Downs. The town’s young people identified Dunstable with BMX biking.
Nicola created four metal sculptures using recycled parts from an old Vauxhall car and the sculptures depict the four Dunstable themes. The sculptures are permanently displayed in Grove House Gardens along with an interpretation lectern that explains how the sculptures were created. The official unveiling of the sculptures took place at the Party in the Park 2011 event on Saturday 16 July 2011.
The creation of the sculptures was funded by the Lottery Awards for All fund with an additional contribution from the Town Council.