New sculpture goes on display in the Library @ the Lightbox

A stunning new sculpture is on display in the Library at the Lightbox.

‘A Boy with a Dog’ by Joseph Gott (1785 – 1860), is on loan from the Cooper Gallery collection and can be seen by visitors on the ground floor of the building. The piece, like many others from the Cooper Collection, was gifted to the town and its residents by Samuel Joshua Cooper, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist.

The marble piece, which depicts a young boy with a dog and a puppy, is by the legendary 19th century sculptor, Joseph Gott. His marble or terracotta sculptures of animals and children were very popular during his lifetime and were often shown at the Royal Academy in London.

The piece replaces the sculpture of Kes by Graham Ibbeson, which now has a permanent home in Barnsley Town Centre.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Barnsley has such an outstanding collection of artworks it is wonderful to see pieces displayed in unusual and interesting locations.  We want to make art and culture accessible for everyone and taking sculptures like this out of traditional settings is one way to do it.  We are lucky to have so many high-quality cultural destinations right on our doorstep and people can discover more stunning works like this just minutes away in the Cooper Gallery.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson (Adults and Communities) said: “We are delighted to be hosting such a beautiful piece on art in the Library @ the Lightbox, it’s a great addition for visitors and a way to make culture accessible to all.  Libraries have an important role in supporting arts and culture, signposting activities across the borough and encouraging people to explore, be inquisitive and learn new things.”

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