NEW public artwork will be installed in Penistone as part of the council’s Principal Towns project.

Principal Towns is a £5m investment project set up to improve local economies, and it’s hoped that the new artwork will add to the public realm in Penistone.

A series of three-dimensional artworks reflecting on Penistone’s rich heritage will be created by Barnsley-based artist Patrick Murphy, and Michael Disley is producing a series of carvings including a sheep eating popcorn in a nod to the Paramount Cinema, and another riding a bicycle in tribute to the town’s contributions to the Tour de Yorkshire.

Patrick said: “It’s great working on this project, Penistone is such a great town with a story to tell surrounded by lovely countryside.

“The sculptures I’m producing will help to tell this story and reference local history.”

Coun Jenny Platts added: “It is all about improving local economies and helping local high streets thrive, and this new artwork will add to the attractiveness of Penistone’s town centre.

“We’ve found two artists here who have a great feel for what Penistone is about and have a passion for celebrating its heritage and contributing to its future.”