Public artwork unveiled at Weymouth Gateway

Dorset Echo: Andy Kirkby, Paul Atterbury, Nicky Whittenham and  Mayor Kate Wheller next to the Torpedosaur at Mount Pleasant Park and Ride entrance Andy Kirkby, Paul Atterbury, Nicky Whittenham and Mayor Kate Wheller next to the Torpedosaur at Mount Pleasant Park and Ride entrance

WEYMOUTH has new artworks to admire after three sculptures celebrating the heritage and culture of the town were unveiled.

They were officially unveiled by Mayor Kate Wheller and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury in a ceremony at the Weymouth Gateway business park.

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The public were invited to contribute ideas for the project which were incorporated into the sculptures, which were created by artist Andy Kirkby.

The sculptures include 'Torpedosaur', three ichthyosaurs created from torpedo shells celebrating the Jurassic coast heritage of the area combined with the Whitehead torpedo factory legacy.

The 'Under the Hill' sculpture is a bus stop adorned with musical instruments relating to the folklore about music being heard from underneath the ground at Bincombe Bumps.

The third sculpture, 'Frame' is a giant gold picture frame designed to reflect the ideas from the community.

Sculptor Andy Kirkby said: "It was a brilliant project to do and it was quite a long time in the making.

"We had a lot of meetings with the public and I really wanted to build something that reflected the lesser-known, secret history of the area, and I learned about things I've never heard of before."

"It would love to do more artwork in Weymouth, there's talk of creating a trail of sculptures from here all the way over to Portland, but there are no set plans to do that."

The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Nicky Whittenham, public art consultant and project manager said: “I think the unveiling was fantastic, it exceeded everyone's expectations and was enjoyed by everyone.

“Members of the community were seeing the sculptures for the first time and were thrilled to see their ideas had been made into such fantastical forms.”

She added: “Everyone is hoping that this will be a springboard for similar future projects in the town.”

New Look and Sainsbury's hosted the event, supplying the 60 guests with afternoon tea, and also hired a Routemaster bus to transport guests between the sculptures.

Cllr Ian Bruce said “The event was really successful, it involved all of the community who'd had a lot of input into the concept of the sculptures.”

“We had a few public meetings at the Famous Old Spa pub on Dorchester Road and got a lot of ideas put forward.

“Everyone really enjoyed seeing the artwork, now I look forward to hearing what the rest of the public think of it.”

The three sculptures are spread across the business park, with the Torpedosaur located by the park and ride and the other sculptures built by the New Look offices and Sainsbury's.

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7:13pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

These remind me of the old tale about 'The Emperor's New Clothes' which were not really artistic but everyone praised them!
Perhaps we could also have a bed like the one that Tracey Emin produced and called 'Art'.
These remind me of the old tale about 'The Emperor's New Clothes' which were not really artistic but everyone praised them! Perhaps we could also have a bed like the one that Tracey Emin produced and called 'Art'. Isosceles
  • Score: -1

12:12am Fri 18 Jul 14

Chalbury says...

Waste of public money
Waste of public money Chalbury
  • Score: 2

8:26am Fri 18 Jul 14

shuttling says...

What a waste of money.
What a waste of money. shuttling
  • Score: 6

9:27am Fri 18 Jul 14

satisfecho says...

Chalbury wrote:
Waste of public money
Public money?

The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
[quote][p][bold]Chalbury[/bold] wrote: Waste of public money[/p][/quote]Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. satisfecho
  • Score: 12

9:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

They look awful
They look awful MrTomSmith
  • Score: 7

9:59am Fri 18 Jul 14

terra firma says...

Spot the Dinosaur -

DoUthinkesaurus
Spot the Dinosaur - DoUthinkesaurus terra firma
  • Score: 5

10:24am Fri 18 Jul 14

Ted caine says...

Making it easier for the pikeys, a load of scrap ready to collect one night
Making it easier for the pikeys, a load of scrap ready to collect one night Ted caine
  • Score: 10

11:02am Fri 18 Jul 14

stevieboy says...

Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.
Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life. stevieboy
  • Score: 12

11:27am Fri 18 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

stevieboy wrote:
Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.
Thanks for that stevieboy, but throwing a few trumpets on top of a bus shelter to me is still pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]stevieboy[/bold] wrote: Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that stevieboy, but throwing a few trumpets on top of a bus shelter to me is still pathetic. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Fri 18 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

terra firma wrote:
Spot the Dinosaur -

DoUthinkesaurus
I think it looks like a dickosaurus.........
but you can get ointment to clear it up.
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: Spot the Dinosaur - DoUthinkesaurus[/p][/quote]I think it looks like a dickosaurus......... but you can get ointment to clear it up. burgerboy
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stevieboy says...

I rather like the bus shelter, bit more interesting than most bus stops you have to stand at watching the work of fiction that supposedly tells you when the next bus is going to arrive. Incidentally now there is a bus stop there are now going to be free buses bringing shoppers to Sainsburys.
I rather like the bus shelter, bit more interesting than most bus stops you have to stand at watching the work of fiction that supposedly tells you when the next bus is going to arrive. Incidentally now there is a bus stop there are now going to be free buses bringing shoppers to Sainsburys. stevieboy
  • Score: 11

2:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

stevieboy wrote:
I rather like the bus shelter, bit more interesting than most bus stops you have to stand at watching the work of fiction that supposedly tells you when the next bus is going to arrive. Incidentally now there is a bus stop there are now going to be free buses bringing shoppers to Sainsburys.
Thats a fair point. Anyway Sssssshhhhhh about Sainsburys don't tell everyone it's there :-) Well I am off to throw a few old drums on the train station. Its art you know.
[quote][p][bold]stevieboy[/bold] wrote: I rather like the bus shelter, bit more interesting than most bus stops you have to stand at watching the work of fiction that supposedly tells you when the next bus is going to arrive. Incidentally now there is a bus stop there are now going to be free buses bringing shoppers to Sainsburys.[/p][/quote]Thats a fair point. Anyway Sssssshhhhhh about Sainsburys don't tell everyone it's there :-) Well I am off to throw a few old drums on the train station. Its art you know. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

Dorchester gets a plaster cast of a horse that involved pretty much zero talent, and Weymouth gets something that somebody has had to engage their brain for - and out come all the thankless dullards that want what somebody else has got because they don't want to be different.
I love Weymouth but some of its people are backward. With art. With everything.
Dorchester gets a plaster cast of a horse that involved pretty much zero talent, and Weymouth gets something that somebody has had to engage their brain for - and out come all the thankless dullards that want what somebody else has got because they don't want to be different. I love Weymouth but some of its people are backward. With art. With everything. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

Isosceles wrote:
These remind me of the old tale about 'The Emperor's New Clothes' which were not really artistic but everyone praised them!
Perhaps we could also have a bed like the one that Tracey Emin produced and called 'Art'.
How poignant - in Margate where she's from, a very run down seaside town ( sound familiar? ) she's managed to draw in visitors and generate some interest.
Makes you kind of think - if only Weymouth had a Tracey Emin, but of course that not going to happen as we don't like art - we like 'Art', something like a plaster cast of a horse that requires not one iota of talent.
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: These remind me of the old tale about 'The Emperor's New Clothes' which were not really artistic but everyone praised them! Perhaps we could also have a bed like the one that Tracey Emin produced and called 'Art'.[/p][/quote]How poignant - in Margate where she's from, a very run down seaside town ( sound familiar? ) she's managed to draw in visitors and generate some interest. Makes you kind of think - if only Weymouth had a Tracey Emin, but of course that not going to happen as we don't like art - we like 'Art', something like a plaster cast of a horse that requires not one iota of talent. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

satisfecho wrote:
Chalbury wrote:
Waste of public money
Public money?

The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Of course - but that won't matter to them - they just want to **** on about something or other. Thankless ingrates. We should get a tax discount just for having to live with them...
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chalbury[/bold] wrote: Waste of public money[/p][/quote]Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.[/p][/quote]Of course - but that won't matter to them - they just want to **** on about something or other. Thankless ingrates. We should get a tax discount just for having to live with them... Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 7

5:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

trymybest says...

The "Under the Hill" sculpture is a bus stop adorned with musical instruments relating to folklore about music being heard from underneath the ground at Bincombe Bumps. Sorry wrong it's the Bumps at Culliford Tree at the cross road at the top of Combe valley road. Someone from the unveiling party should of known a little bit of local folklore being councillors.
The "Under the Hill" sculpture is a bus stop adorned with musical instruments relating to folklore about music being heard from underneath the ground at Bincombe Bumps. Sorry wrong it's the Bumps at Culliford Tree at the cross road at the top of Combe valley road. Someone from the unveiling party should of known a little bit of local folklore being councillors. trymybest
  • Score: 2

5:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

stevieboy wrote:
Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.
Indeed. Some will call these piles of rusted metal art.
I call them scrap.
But if you enjoy them, great.
At least i know the council won't be writing to me to remove the rusted hulk i've left parked outside my house. I keep peeping out to see if anybody is queuing to look, but so far, no. Maybe i should take a leaf out of Emin's book and move the unmade bed out there too.
[quote][p][bold]stevieboy[/bold] wrote: Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Some will call these piles of rusted metal art. I call them scrap. But if you enjoy them, great. At least i know the council won't be writing to me to remove the rusted hulk i've left parked outside my house. I keep peeping out to see if anybody is queuing to look, but so far, no. Maybe i should take a leaf out of Emin's book and move the unmade bed out there too. JamesYoung
  • Score: 2

5:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

stevieboy wrote:
Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.
Indeed. Some will call these piles of rusted metal art.
I call them scrap.
But if you enjoy them, great.
At least i know the council won't be writing to me to remove the rusted hulk i've left parked outside my house. I keep peeping out to see if anybody is queuing to look, but so far, no. Maybe i should take a leaf out of Emin's book and move the unmade bed out there too.
[quote][p][bold]stevieboy[/bold] wrote: Didn't take long for the miserable, negative brigade to start moaning. Firstly, it wasn't public money in any shape or form, the shoppers at New Look or Sainsburys effectively paid for it. Secondly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't fancy Angelie Jolie, but plenty do, William Hague for one! I also don't think much to Gainsborough or Reubens but again plenty do. Monet was rejected by the art world when he first started, now look at how well his work is received, personally I love his work. I was at the presentation and as the artist said not everyone will like it but it will get people talking, life would be very boring if there was no art or music in our life.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Some will call these piles of rusted metal art. I call them scrap. But if you enjoy them, great. At least i know the council won't be writing to me to remove the rusted hulk i've left parked outside my house. I keep peeping out to see if anybody is queuing to look, but so far, no. Maybe i should take a leaf out of Emin's book and move the unmade bed out there too. JamesYoung
  • Score: -1

7:39pm Fri 18 Jul 14

PossumGoose says...

I can remember, as a young man, with absolutely no appreciation / knowledge / training in art going to the National Art Galley. I stood in front of Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote. I was dumbfounded at the power of a few strokes of charcoal to encompass a whole story (just studied at school). Since then I've come to love those life enhancing pieces of Art that stop you in your tracks and make you think of just what being Human can mean. A few bits of stone on rusty metal poles, a bus shelter with a trumpet, or an old picture frame is NOT art - they're just more examples of the wannabe arty dross taking the urine out of us plebs who thankfully know better than be fooled by these self indulgent "artists".
I can remember, as a young man, with absolutely no appreciation / knowledge / training in art going to the National Art Galley. I stood in front of Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote. I was dumbfounded at the power of a few strokes of charcoal to encompass a whole story (just studied at school). Since then I've come to love those life enhancing pieces of Art that stop you in your tracks and make you think of just what being Human can mean. A few bits of stone on rusty metal poles, a bus shelter with a trumpet, or an old picture frame is NOT art - they're just more examples of the wannabe arty dross taking the urine out of us plebs who thankfully know better than be fooled by these self indulgent "artists". PossumGoose
  • Score: 3

7:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Load of crap and waste of public money
Load of crap and waste of public money Rocket dog3
  • Score: -1

9:48pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

Another outstanding example of 'art' are the rusty figures at the end of the Rodwell Trail where it joins Abbotsbury Road, they could have spent a few quid on some Waxoyl!
Another outstanding example of 'art' are the rusty figures at the end of the Rodwell Trail where it joins Abbotsbury Road, they could have spent a few quid on some Waxoyl! Isosceles
  • Score: -4

10:22pm Fri 18 Jul 14

railwaychickenboy6 says...

satisfecho wrote:
Chalbury wrote:
Waste of public money
Public money?

The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Regardless who funded it, it's a waste of money
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chalbury[/bold] wrote: Waste of public money[/p][/quote]Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.[/p][/quote]Regardless who funded it, it's a waste of money railwaychickenboy6
  • Score: 1

11:30am Sat 19 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

Rocket dog3 wrote:
Load of crap and waste of public money
Learn to read you moron...
[quote][p][bold]Rocket dog3[/bold] wrote: Load of crap and waste of public money[/p][/quote]Learn to read you moron... Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 1

11:37am Sat 19 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

PossumGoose wrote:
I can remember, as a young man, with absolutely no appreciation / knowledge / training in art going to the National Art Galley. I stood in front of Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote. I was dumbfounded at the power of a few strokes of charcoal to encompass a whole story (just studied at school). Since then I've come to love those life enhancing pieces of Art that stop you in your tracks and make you think of just what being Human can mean. A few bits of stone on rusty metal poles, a bus shelter with a trumpet, or an old picture frame is NOT art - they're just more examples of the wannabe arty dross taking the urine out of us plebs who thankfully know better than be fooled by these self indulgent "artists".
Carefully placed reference to famous modernist painter does not mean you are 'knowledgeable' about art. You are just another nay sayer as far as I can see attempting to dress your negativity with some kind of authority.
Picasso used to make art from found junk at one point, so he's really not the best example to use because as far as I can see the topedosaurs and Picasso's car monkey have a lot in common...
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: I can remember, as a young man, with absolutely no appreciation / knowledge / training in art going to the National Art Galley. I stood in front of Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote. I was dumbfounded at the power of a few strokes of charcoal to encompass a whole story (just studied at school). Since then I've come to love those life enhancing pieces of Art that stop you in your tracks and make you think of just what being Human can mean. A few bits of stone on rusty metal poles, a bus shelter with a trumpet, or an old picture frame is NOT art - they're just more examples of the wannabe arty dross taking the urine out of us plebs who thankfully know better than be fooled by these self indulgent "artists".[/p][/quote]Carefully placed reference to famous modernist painter does not mean you are 'knowledgeable' about art. You are just another nay sayer as far as I can see attempting to dress your negativity with some kind of authority. Picasso used to make art from found junk at one point, so he's really not the best example to use because as far as I can see the topedosaurs and Picasso's car monkey have a lot in common... Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -2

2:12pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Fish says...

satisfecho wrote:
Chalbury wrote: Waste of public money
Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
If supported by WPBC the it has cost us the general public!
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chalbury[/bold] wrote: Waste of public money[/p][/quote]Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.[/p][/quote]If supported by WPBC the it has cost us the general public! The Fish
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Wed 23 Jul 14

portland rebel says...

satisfecho wrote:
Chalbury wrote:
Waste of public money
Public money?

The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
supported by the council......that means it will be cr*p then.
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chalbury[/bold] wrote: Waste of public money[/p][/quote]Public money? The project was funded by New Look and Sainsbury's and supported by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.[/p][/quote]supported by the council......that means it will be cr*p then. portland rebel
  • Score: 1
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