THE new community square and gardens will feature a striking sculpture worth £1.5million thanks to a loan from Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The ongoing development at the Lancaster Gate side of Barnsley Town Hall will feature the sculpture by Nigel Hall, and is planned to be positioned at the bottom corner of the landscaped area towards the end of May.

Council leader Steve Houghton, said: "It's a highly impressive work of art and one that I am sure will cause much interest and debate."

Standing 10 metres high, Hall's sculpture, named Crossing (Vertical), was created in 2006 and was sited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in March 2008.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “We're very grateful to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the loan of a stunning contemporary artwork that complements the excellent design of the square and creates an international quality public space for the residents and visitors to Barnsley.

“I believe this and similar projects will lift Barnsley town centre, stimulating growth and encouraging investment that will strengthen the town centre business economy."

The fountain and public gardens are scheduled to be officially opened on June 27.