Secret sculptor back on streets of Leeds suburb

CREATIVE DRIVE: The sculptures on roundabout of the junction of Stainbeck Lane and Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton. PIC: Steve Riding
CREATIVE DRIVE: The sculptures on roundabout of the junction of Stainbeck Lane and Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton. PIC: Steve Riding
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A SERIES of weird and wonderful sculptures left on a roundabout have once again baffled residents in a Leeds suburb.

The carved stone sculptures, which appeared in Chapel Allerton over the weekend, are the latest in a long line of mystery works of art to be displayed in the area in recent years.

And today, the YEP can reveal the elusive artist known only as ‘B’ is once again behind the latest batch of sculptures, which celebrate Easter.

The four pieces of art include two representing the Easter bunny and two representing the local community, using the words ‘Chapel A’ and ‘LS7’.

Speaking exclusively to the YEP, ‘B’ said he left the sculptures on the roundabout between Stainbeck Lane and Harrogate Road to “make people smile” over the Easter break.

He said: “It’s just a bit of fun to brighten up the community.

“I put them out in the morning and take them in at night because I don’t want anyone to ruin them, but lots of people have commented on them.

“I don’t tend to work much in winter but then when spring comes, it’s like I come out of hibernation and then I start work on a few little projects.

“These sculptures took me around two weeks to make and I think I’ll probably do a few more as the year goes on.”

As reported in the YEP in April 2010, a 6ft ‘Angel of North Leeds’ statue dazzled onlookers when it was placed on a patch of council land on Regent Street.

It then randomly appeared at other locations in Chapel Allerton, including a balcony above a bar on Stainbeck Lane.

Two weeks after the Angel was first displayed on Regent Street, another statue called ‘Mystical’ briefly appeared on the same patch of land.

The sculpture, which showed a tribal face with an eye in the forehead, was commissioned by a Chapel Allerton resident and ‘B’ decided to display it for a few hours before taking it to her.

‘B’, who works as a full-time sculptor and has other projects in Leeds in the pipeline, added: “I like to keep my identity a secret because I think it maintains an air of mystery and people love a mystery.

“Once the rabbit is out of the hat, that sense of mystery goes, and I think it’s good to keep people guessing.”

suzanne.mctaggart@ypn.co.uk