Tuesday was the last ReCycle Rocdale session at Smallbridge library and time to finish the artwork to be add to the sculpture at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. The group did great work spraying their cog and chain creations despite the very cold conditions outside and whilst waiting for the paint to cure on the cold metal designed the layout for their section of the artwork.
With amazing creativity they linked every piece created into a narrative to tell the story of the Rochdale Pioneers and Co-operation in Rochdale.
Our project is about the Rochdale Pioneers, we created a sculpture from scraped bike parts. We created A 3D model mill, Trandem, a 3D model of the world etc.
The story is about a man called Billy Cooper and a man called Sam Ashworth, they came together to trade goods and help the community. A group of people came together known as the Pioneers and they created a building called the Co-operative. They created this building so that the community could work-together. The sheep were on the hills, their wool was shawn and sent to the mills, in here clothes were made.
The next part of our sculpture shows how the wholsesale goods (by the CWS) were transported around the country on bikes (some were trandems), this gave people the basic necessities. The Rochdale town hall was created in 1866-1872, the purpose of creating the town centre was to attract more people from around the world. The heart symbolizes the love and affection of the residents of Rochdale for Co-operation and how it spread around the world.
Great work by the Bellfield Banters (their new group name!) and looking forward to seeing you at the artwork unveiling soon!
The final visit to the Moss Street Youth Centre and luckily it was a warm and bright winter afternoon as the main job was spray painting the cog artwork already created.
The group got stuck in cleaning the artwork then worked as a team to choose colours and spray the artwork, as some of the group were new to the project and a few of the original team couldn’t make it the artwork and spray painting was shared out between everyone in a truly Co-operative process.
Whilst the paint was drying the group came up with a name for their group:
The Creative Co-operative Rainbows Girls at Moss Street Youth Centre!
And wrote a bit about their experiences on the project:
When I went to the museum we found out:
That in 1840’s the Victorian times £1.00 was 240p and a group of 28 people wanted to start a new shop and each one of them had to save £1:00. It took them a year because they had to pay for bills and food and shelter etc.
Meanwhile, after the visit to the museum we thought about making our own scene to be put in the museum.
So we had previously been making a few models for an example a bee hive, bees, humans, flowers etc. We had to screw the models together and then melt them together later and by doing this it all stuck together in the end we spray painted them all. We did finishing touches using paint pens. And then we tried to create a fun layout to attach everything to the existing sculpture.
The artwork will be on display at the Cooperative Pioneers Museum from December 13th
A great day and some amazing artwork made, thank you to all the CCRG and to Ray for bringing a celebratory cake!
The second stage 2 group are the Newbold Girls from the Moss Street Youth Centre.
They visited the museum on another rainy evening and were introduced to the Pioneers fascinating history by Clare.
The visit provide much inspiration and the group have started making bike junk sculptures inspired by symbols of cooperation including a skep (beehive), a wheatsheaf, many 3D bees and some amazing flowers.
The ReCycle Rochdale Project has been expanded to two new groups based at Smallbridge Library and The Moss Street Youth Centre, Newbold.
The Smallbridge group visited The Rochdale Pioneers Museum on a rainy evening and undertook a grand tour led by Jonny followed by a quick discussion about cooperatives and ideas for the artwork.
Their ideas included a globe made from bike wheels to show how the concept of Cooperation had spread from Rochdale across the world, a bike cog model of one of Rochdale’s historical mills and a few self portraits in cogs of group members…