The guys from Larkhall-based Ironart were out early this morning removing the ornate ‘sunflower’ installation from the centre of the roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill,
Constructed by them and installed some years ago, it was recently hit by a vehicle which mounted the surrounding flowerbed.
On their Instagram site #ironartofbath the company posted the following note earlier today:
“After an unfortunate driving incident, The Sunflower sculpture created by Ironart and situated at the bottom of Bathwick Hill in Bath has been damaged by a direct hit during the Christmas break. Fortunately, the driver was ok but sadly the level of damage means that it is looking like it is beyond economical repair.
Very early today, a rather grey and windy February Sunday morning, to avoid the weekend traffic, the dismantling team assembled on the roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill, Bath to remove the damaged Sunflower.
Even though it was sad to see The Sunflower come down in these circumstances, the process of taking it apart went well and within two hours The Sunflower and it’s 4 large concrete counterweights had all been removed successfully. A few residents assembled to watch the process and were sad to see it go too.
We are currently in negotiations with Bath and North East Somerset Council as to whether we will rebuild it for a potential new home in the city.”
B&NES recently issued a statement about its removal.
“You may have noticed that the sunflower sculpture on Bathwick traffic island was damaged over the Christmas period. On Sun 23 Feb contractors will remove the sculpture and return it to the artist. We’re working on plans to improve the area and will give a further update soon.”