A SCULPTURE of a fisherman sited at the bottom of Whitby’s well-known 199 Steps has been designed to defeat erosion by the area’s salt air.
The life-sized sculpture of a kneeling fisherman tending his nets is made from galvanised wire. It was commissioned by Whitby in Bloom from artist Susan Nichols.
Chairwoman of Whitby in Bloom, Susan Davies, said: “The fisherman will sit on a blue slate base beside his nets.
“Later the sculpture will be surrounded by a range of blue-grey plants offset with colourful climbing plants to provide bright contrast.
“This site, so well beloved by visitors to the town, has always proved to be challenging for growing plants due to the prevailing winds and salt laden air.
“The former replica of Captain Cook’s bark Endeavour which sat on the site was previously planted up by the ladies of the Inner Circle led by Pat Perry from Sleights.
“Sadly the elements took their toll on that wooden structure and we hope that this new arrangement will prove to be more durable.
“We are thrilled that Susan has given her very valuable time to create this centre piece which is so in keeping with Whitby’s rich maritime heritage.’
“Susan will also be leading a teaching workshop for us later in the year which is already fully booked due to her popularity.”