Eastbourne's Potential Sculpture Designs To Go On Show

Thursday 16th June 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Towner art gallery

We’re getting the chance to see the final four designs for a new sculpture on Eastbourne seafront.

The shortlist will go on show at the Towner’s Junction Box and café from next Tuesday (21 June) to Wednesday 29 June.

The potential sculptures have been selected from entries to Eastbourne Borough Council’s competition to create a piece of public art marking the community’s overwhelming support for the pier after the 2014 fire.

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “These are four very distinctive designs and the panel is interested to know people’s views on them before picking a winner.

“As awful as it was for so many of us seeing the pier in flames, we want to celebrate the town’s wonderful rallying spirit in the weeks and months following the fire. A sculpture is a great way to do this and will provide yet another attraction on our award-winning seafront.”

The shortlisted entries are:

‘Phoenix Vane’ is a weather vane in the form of the mythical bird rising from the ashes, mounted on a plinth made of one of the pier’s surviving girders.

‘Forged by Flame’ is formed from over 20,000 damaged two pence coins that were reclaimed from the ashes of the fire.

‘Gulls’ is a series of seagull silhouettes using materials retrieved from the fire symbolic of freedom, opportunity and survival.

‘Time and Tide Bell’ is created using digital software and the latest casting techniques, with the installation holding the bell made using materials recovered from the fire.

The chosen piece of art will be located in a prominent and suitable space on the seafront. 

People are invited to give their feedback on the four designs by emailing Sculpture@eastbourne.gov.uk.

The judging panel will take these comments into account when making its final decision.

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