The Dream to be illuminated on its 10th birthday

St Helens Borough’s award-winning Dream sculpture turns 10 years old this summer, and to celebrate this milestone the iconic public artwork will be illuminated on the night of its birthday.

Ambient lighting around the plinth and a spotlight in the top of the sculpture will be activated for an hour for the finale of the Decade of Dream events on Friday 31st May.

Spanish artist and creator of Dream, Jaume Plensa, will also visit St Helens as part of the celebration.

Jaume will speak at both Decade of Dream events on Friday 31st May, which begin with a ticketed event at Chester Lane Library at 5:45pm (book tickets online at, before the main public celebrations get underway at the Dream sculpture from 7pm-10:15pm. Tickets are not required for this, just turn up with family and friends.

Chester Lane Library will host an exhibition of mining memorabilia, artworks, and a photo gallery of Dream and the Sutton Manor Colliery site, with snacks and drinks provided.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Libraries, with responsibility for events and culture, said:

“We’re really excited about the upcoming Decade of Dream events, and especially so about Jaume Plensa visiting the borough.

“The former miners who worked on the project were keen that a sculpture be made that wasn’t a literal homage to the colliery. They wanted something that would be for the whole community, something that would ignite imaginations and prompt thought and conversation. That’s exactly what Dream does – what all public art should do. We’re proud of Dream, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with you later this month!”

Earlier this week a specialist team commissioned to clean the 20 metres (66ft) tall sculpture has started the work, which is expected to take up to two weeks.

Unveiled in spring 2009, Dream consists of an elongated white structure, weighing 500 tons, carved to resemble the head and neck of a young woman with her eyes closed in meditation, dreaming of a better future for St Helens. The structure is coated in white Spanish dolomite, as a contrast to the coal which used to be mined there.

Events at Dream feature a full programme of entertainment including:

7pm – Free yoga session with Julia Doctoryoga
7:45pm – MD dance (Britain’s Got Talent)
8pm – Brian Salkeld reads the poem ‘Memories’ (as featured on C4 Three Minute Wonder)
8:05pm – Tom Loughlin (classical tenor vocalist)
8:30pm – Rick Ashcroft (Britain’s Got Talent)
9pm – Multi-faith service and blessing
9:15pm – Illumination of Dream


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