isGroup was appointed to manufacture and install new interpretation signage for the Rochdale Canals to revitalise its history with a number of innovative features. Working with leading Interpretation consultants, Imagemakers, isGroup contributed technical knowledge to enable manufacture of the corton steel ribbons and globe.
The signage scheme consisted of interpretation monolith signs that presented historical timelines and a set of creative sculptures along the canals. The monoliths were manufactured from aluminium and steel with printed vitreous enamel panels, with corton steel edging strips to the exterior framework. This required precise technical drawings from the isGroup and a close working relationship with a specialist Foundry, sourced by the team to ensure all elements were suitable.
The Globes creation came from flat 2D artwork received from the client. A CAD 3D model was generated by isGroup’s technical designer to produce a template which was then cast by the Foundry, using corton steel which was also used for the milepost signs and towpath features, “Lock 39” and “Watershed”, which were installed into the ground, indicating distances and times to historical places of interest.
“The interpretation signage comprise cast iron sculptural elements sitting alongside high quality totem signs. The idea is that the sculptural element introduces the story that unfolds on the totem, each totem telling a different part of the Canal’s social and economic history.
The brief given to isGroup for all installations on the Canal was durability, quality and longevity and the totems have been produced in high quality materials to a bespoke construction design devised by isGroup. Pennine Prospects has found the quality of the design and installation service provided to be of a very high standard.” – Lead Project Manager, Calderdale Council