Unlocking Salford Quays is a heritage project focused upon the Quays area surrounding The Lowry in Salford, Manchester. This is an area that continues to be in a process of unprecedented regenerative change – developments include The Imperial War Museum North and the new BBC Media City. There is a serious risk that the heritage of the area, notably its rich industrial and social history, will be lost to visitors and to current residents. The project aims to engage local people in their heritage by supporting the historical research and contributing creatively to the development of a heritage trail around the Quays.
Ingrid is one of the five artists selected to develop work that responds to the research and first hand accounts of Salford’s heritage. Completed in May, 2011, the artwork is a sculptural seating that echoes the ebb and flow of the Canal. It is a point of interest and encourage rest and play. Local families from Weaste and Ordsall and Salford based ceramicist Beverley Gee took part in the development of the project. The name Erie’s Rest is derived from Erie Basin, where the artwork is located, and Widow’s Rest, the nick name for a local pub in the Weaste area that no longer exists.