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Sculptures form artistic gateway
A NEW public art project for Weymouth is nearing reality after a planning application was lodged.
‘Frame’ and ‘Torpedosaurus’ are two of Andy Kirkby’s sculptures proposed for the new Weymouth Gateway development off Mercery Road.
They are based on ideas put forward by locals. Frame, to be sited on the corner of Mercery Road and Dorchester Road, represents fashion chain New Look’s contribution to the community and will include various local images.
Torpedosauraus is a cross between a torpedo and an ichthyosaur and will sit on a landscape mound at the northern end of the site. It links the Whitehead torpedo factory, the Jurassic Coast and George III due to the inclusion of a throne on top.
A third piece, a new bus stop, is not included in the planning application to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council as it comes under highways and will be decided separately.
The project to display sculpture at Weymouth Gateway is being funded by New Look which has offices there.
It is hoped the artwork will make a positive cultural contribution to the regeneration of the area, Weymouth’s newest development site, which is creating jobs and changing the skyline.
Artist Andy Kirkby was appointed last year to create and install the sculptures and he has worked with the community on ideas and got schoolchildren involved.
A panel made up of representatives from New Look, Sainsbury’s and the borough council then agreed three designs which were inspired by local stories.
Mr Kirkby, who lives in Moreton and whose work can be seen around Dorset, said: “The process has slowed down a bit because we have to go through the bureaucratic stage and deal with different authorities.
“I hope it all goes through okay so we can start on the sculptures in September or October and hopefully have things in place by early next year.”
He added: “I’m really happy with the way everything has gone so far.
“We’ve consulted with the public and held meetings.
“Public art should be public.”
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