The Burton Cooper by James Butler

The Burton Cooper by James Butler, located inside the Cooper Square shopping centre in Burton upon Trent.

From the plaques on the pedestal : 

The Burton Cooper – Created in 1977 by James Butler RA, this bronze statue depicts a cooper, a traditional local craftsman, hammering down the trusses on the cask so that iron hoops can be fitted.  It celebrates the historic cask making and repairing skills which have been associated with Burton Upon Trent since the brewing industry was first founded.

The statue was commissioned in 1977 on behalf of Pensman Nominees Limited in association with The Burton Brewers, the Burton Civic Society and Local Traders.  In 1994 Pensman Nominees presented the statue to East Staffordshire Borough Council in trust for the people of Burton.

Note : one of the images is by Elliott Brown, under a Creative Commons License.

James Butler has a fascinating professional website, including video and documentary details on his sculpting process.