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The Saltworkers of Droitwich public art feature was commissioned by the town of Droitwich in Worcestershire to comemmorate the town's association with the salt industry.
John worked on the clay sculpture using local Droitwich people to pose as models for him. The distant relatives of these people had worked in the local saltworks.
The sculpture was lost wax cast in bronze and measures approx 4 ft or 1.2m diameter by 6 ft or 2m high.
The artwork depicts a short sequence of events in the making of a salt 'lump'
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John McKenna;s clay working stage of Saltworkers group prior to casting in bronze.See more pictures and information below the navigation barThe sculpture depicts a family of 19th century saltworkers, who sometimes stayed day and night at their brine boiling tank producing salt. The male figure stands bare-chested over a 'trough of boiling brine' with a salt rake, poised, ready to rake more salt to place into the wooden salt tub adjacent to him. See photo below. The trough contains a small frothing water fountain to simulate the 'boiling brine tank.' Below the tank is a view of a canal salt barge bow 'drawing alongside.' Moving clockwise the female figure is upturning a wooden salt tub, tipping out the salt lump. In the heat and sweat of the salt workshop she works bare chested though occasionally minimal clothing, such as a thin camisole, was worn. This practice considered so immodest when working alongside bare-chested men, drew public comment regarding these working conditions for women. Continuing round the sculpture are lumps of salt drying and waiting to be shaped by the boy wielding a 'tapper' bat, to 'square' up the salt lumps. Alongside him is the salt barge ready for loading with the salt lumps down the Droitwich canal, which was built by James Brindley especially for the purpose.
"When I was asked to create a sculpture for Droitwich I decided to commemorate the working people rather than the industrialist or entrepreneur who were often monumentalized in the Victorian era. So rather than make a statue to John Corbett, known as the 'Salt King' of Droitwich I decided to depict the working people as I do in many of my public artworks. This working family and many others worked in terrible conditions to create great wealth for the Salt King"