Sculpture puts legacy of Dan Albone in view of Green Wheel walkers and cyclists

Artist Martin Heron (kneeling) with representatives of BRCC, the Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common, Biggleswade Town Council and Biggleswade History Society with the Dan Albone sculpture.
Artist Martin Heron (kneeling) with representatives of BRCC, the Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common, Biggleswade Town Council and Biggleswade History Society with the Dan Albone sculpture.

A new sculpture has been unveiled in Biggleswade celebrating the legacy of one of the town’s most famous sons.

The culpture, which shows Dan Albone driving his original Ivel Agricultural Motor, has been created by artist Martin Heron.

It has been installed on the Biggleswade Green Wheel, the walking and cycling route around the town, at the Dan Albone picnic area beside the River Ivel. The project has been led by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).

Dan, who was born very close to the new sculpture’s location, invented the machine which is the father of all modern tractors. He also manufactured the Ivel Safety Cycle, riding to many victories at national and international races. Some tractor-themed seating has been installed nearby.

Martin said: “It has been a pleasure to produce this piece of work for Biggleswade and the Green Wheel. The work celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of Dan Albone and the historical importance of the Ivel tractor.”

Cliff Andrews, BRCC’s supporting communities manager, said: “We are really pleased with this sculpture and its associated seating. The tractor sculpture plays tricks with the mind as you walk around and view it from different angles and in different light.

“We would also like to thank the other project partners for helping to make this project happen: The Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common, Biggleswade TC, Biggleswade History Society and Central Bedfordshire Council.”