Stacks feature

 

The Stacks features were designed as gabian baskets filled with cobbles of various colours, topped with a carved oak block and located externally in the playground.


The construction is deliberately industrial in aesthetic to mirror aspects of the building architecture. The cobbles have been used to make reference to the coal mining history of the site where black cobbles represent coal, raspberry red cobbles the blood of the community and white cobbles the hopes for the future. The cobbles are stacked and contained by the gabian baskets. The carved block uses oak which is commonly found throughout the Cannock Chase area and the inset castings depict aspects of the countryside. The inset castings were produced by pupils who took part in clay making workshops to create the patterns.