Friday, 12 April 2013
Holy Trinity Church and a horse
Trinity Leeds is named after the nearby Holy Trinity Church, whose distinctive 'wedding cake' tiered steeple can be seen through the shopping centre's glass roof. The church is Georgian, dating back to 1727 and the worshipping congregation shares the church with a lively community arts centre, a successful partnership to ensure that the old building retains a valuable place in the heart of the city.
The sculpture inside the shopping mall is an enormous 15m high horse - Equus Altus (High Horse) - designed by Andy Scott. Gleaming silver (I'm not sure what it's made of... steel, presumably) it towers over the shopping area. It is inspired by the historic use of packhorses as transport within the city of Leeds, especially related to the textile industry.
I should have made clear that the new mall is not an 'out-of-town' shopping centre but is actually right in the heart of Leeds city centre. But that doesn't alter the fact that it skews the locus of shopping within the city and leaves other shops empty as stores have shifted to the new area. It may have an effect on those businesses located on the periphery.