Weymouth Relief Road sculpture - the £332,291 bill

Dorset Echo: The Jurassic Stones sculpture at Littlemoor in Weymouth The Jurassic Stones sculpture at Littlemoor in Weymouth

STEEL poles supporting Weymouth’s controversial new sculpture make up almost half of its £332,291-price tag.

The Arts Council has provided the Dorset Echo with details of the Jurassic Stones budget, following a national outcry at the cost.

The Jurassic Stones have been funded as part of a cultural programme associated with the Olympics in Weymouth.

The total cost is lower than the £335,405 initially predicted.

The bulk of the budget for the sculpture, situated at the end of the relief road, near the Jurassic roundabout in Littlemoor, was spent on the £166,000 fabrication and installation of the stainless steel support poles.

Other big bills included £70,500 for the design and building of foundations, while the sculptor Richard Harris, who has been working on the creation since 2009, was paid £27,206, plus £3,000 travel costs.

Plus £19,150 engineering design fees cost, a £12,333 project management bill, £14,000 geotechnical survey and £12,235 for testing of stones and stone processing costs.

Echo website commentators have dubbed the creation ‘stones on sticks’, ‘mushrooms’ and a ‘waste of money’ but other borough residents have defended the artwork.

Littlemoor’s Sue Atyeo has paid homage to it with a mini version in her front garden in Reedling Close with her friend Nathan Snell.

Retired training consultant Sue, 58, said: “We just used some aluminium piping and stones from the local area drilled on top. It cost us about £40.

“People have stopped and admired them. They’ve chuckled really, there’s joviality about it.

“I think the cost of the big sculpture is justified because those poles don’t come cheap.

“People will say it could have been spent on something else but every town has got something.

“The sculptor actually used Jurassic rocks in honour of our Jurassic coast so that makes all the difference.”

Sunseeker worker Mr Snell, 29, said: “As supporters of the new and innovative ‘Stones on sticks’ sculpture by Richard Harris, my good friend Sue Atyeo and I have created our own version.

“We want to show our support to the council and others for this great yet controversial tourist attraction.”

Brian Hayter, owner of Littlemoor Hardware, said: “We love the Jurassic Stones.

“They’re fantastic although they should be illuminated.

“We’re fed up with people moaning about them, so we’re converting people.

“It’s funded by the Arts Council, not the borough council, the money would have been spent on something so why not here?

“Look at how much a Picasso or van Gogh costs. What about the Angel of the North?

“It’s going to last a lot longer than the Olympics.”

He added: “The design means the natural wildlife of the pond hasn’t been too affected.

“The best thing is they’re unlikely to be vandalised unless someone puts their waders on.”

costs breakdown

Costs associated with the Jurassic Stones sculpture (Figures supplied by the Arts Council):

Project management for both Richard Harris and artist Clare Barber, including artist selection costs and travel: £12,333

Engineering design fees: £19,150

Geotechnical survey and testing of stones: £14,000

Core drilling of stone for geotesting: £1,979

Stone scanning: £2,936

Engineering check of stones: £500

Stone processing for geotesting tests and engineering tests, moving them, erecting scaffold, tools, rubber pads etc: £12,235

Fabrication and installation of stainless steel part of sculpture: £166,000

Foundations: design and build: £70,500

Planning application fees: £1,190

Contingency left: £1,262

Artist travel: £3,000

Artist fee: £27,206

TOTAL: £332,291

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12:02pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Barry_Bonnet says...

I like them, and as already pointed out, it's not come out of local budgets, so surely money spent here is better than money spent elsewhere?
I like them, and as already pointed out, it's not come out of local budgets, so surely money spent here is better than money spent elsewhere? Barry_Bonnet

12:04pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Share Truce says...

The money should have gone to save the Portland helicopter, which saves lives !!!
The money should have gone to save the Portland helicopter, which saves lives !!! Share Truce

12:24pm Thu 23 Feb 12

weymouthresident says...

“We want to show our support to the council and others for this great yet controversial tourist attraction.”

What a complete and utter waste of money. How the hell does anyone think these will attract tourists? Would you travel somewhere to see some rocks on sticks?!!!!!

The money could have been better spent on so many other things. Wait until the sun shines and a motorist coming down the hill has an accident as he/she is blinded by the sun glinting off the poles. This nearly happened to a friend of mine recently.
“We want to show our support to the council and others for this great yet controversial tourist attraction.” What a complete and utter waste of money. How the hell does anyone think these will attract tourists? Would you travel somewhere to see some rocks on sticks?!!!!! The money could have been better spent on so many other things. Wait until the sun shines and a motorist coming down the hill has an accident as he/she is blinded by the sun glinting off the poles. This nearly happened to a friend of mine recently. weymouthresident

12:25pm Thu 23 Feb 12

scubadude says...

I hope Richard Harris donates his entire fee to a local charity because it can't have taken more than 4 seconds to dream up putting rocks on sticks, if he keeps a penny he should be ashamed.
I hope Richard Harris donates his entire fee to a local charity because it can't have taken more than 4 seconds to dream up putting rocks on sticks, if he keeps a penny he should be ashamed. scubadude

12:28pm Thu 23 Feb 12

212 dorset says...

£3000 travel costs??? Can someone explain how you rack up £3 k travel costs for this please?
£3000 travel costs??? Can someone explain how you rack up £3 k travel costs for this please? 212 dorset

12:37pm Thu 23 Feb 12

GMax says...

Share Truce wrote:
The money should have gone to save the Portland helicopter, which saves lives !!!
I couldn't agree more with this comment.
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GMax
[quote][p][bold]Share Truce[/bold] wrote: The money should have gone to save the Portland helicopter, which saves lives !!![/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more with this comment. . GMax GMax

12:49pm Thu 23 Feb 12

212 dorset says...

"The Jurassic Stones have been funded as part of a cultural programme associated with the Olympics in Weymouth" What a load of garbage!!
Just because the money has been funded from another organisation, this does nt make it acceptable. Its a disgrace, and only right that there is a public enquiry into this blatant waste of money.
"The Jurassic Stones have been funded as part of a cultural programme associated with the Olympics in Weymouth" What a load of garbage!! Just because the money has been funded from another organisation, this does nt make it acceptable. Its a disgrace, and only right that there is a public enquiry into this blatant waste of money. 212 dorset

12:55pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Monmouthsman says...

An appalling waste of public money spent on a very badly sited feature.
The picture above the article depicts the rocks and poles in as good a way as possible but it is taken from a viewpoint not normally accessible. The glimpses of them viewable from a vehicle navigating the roundabout may well prove to be a distraction cited as a factor in the causing of accidents.
Aside from the cost of steel the charges listed in the article are clearly far higher than any reasoned justification could substantiate. Who is to blame for this criminal misuse of public money?
Imagine what a visible and functional feature foot bridge could have been built over Weymouth Way for the same cost.
An appalling waste of public money spent on a very badly sited feature. The picture above the article depicts the rocks and poles in as good a way as possible but it is taken from a viewpoint not normally accessible. The glimpses of them viewable from a vehicle navigating the roundabout may well prove to be a distraction cited as a factor in the causing of accidents. Aside from the cost of steel the charges listed in the article are clearly far higher than any reasoned justification could substantiate. Who is to blame for this criminal misuse of public money? Imagine what a visible and functional feature foot bridge could have been built over Weymouth Way for the same cost. Monmouthsman

1:27pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Dorsetdumpling says...

Sounds as if everyone involved jumped on the bandwaggon to milk the funding for every penny.

PLEASE tell me the supports were fabricated by a local firm??
Sounds as if everyone involved jumped on the bandwaggon to milk the funding for every penny. PLEASE tell me the supports were fabricated by a local firm?? Dorsetdumpling

1:42pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Brian.H says...

Its a cunning plan to prevent the local yobs dropping rocks from the bridges, put them out their reach
Its a cunning plan to prevent the local yobs dropping rocks from the bridges, put them out their reach Brian.H

1:59pm Thu 23 Feb 12

wessex-andy says...

"Working on the creation since 2009".

I think that the rest of us have been going out to work during that time.

£3,000 travelling expenses. Where does this guy come from -- the moon?
"Working on the creation since 2009". I think that the rest of us have been going out to work during that time. £3,000 travelling expenses. Where does this guy come from -- the moon? wessex-andy

3:21pm Thu 23 Feb 12

noooodles says...

What a miserable bunch.
What a miserable bunch. noooodles

4:28pm Thu 23 Feb 12

darren1306 says...

The person or people who sanctioned this blot on the landscape should be ashamed of theirselves,when 1- the coastguard helicopter is axed and no2 the so-called WHITE horse is dissapearing back into the hillside it was carved from!!SORT YOURSELVES OUT AND PRIORITISE PLEASE!!
The person or people who sanctioned this blot on the landscape should be ashamed of theirselves,when 1- the coastguard helicopter is axed and no2 the so-called WHITE horse is dissapearing back into the hillside it was carved from!!SORT YOURSELVES OUT AND PRIORITISE PLEASE!! darren1306

6:43pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Rubberducktrucker says...

In the cost breakdown it said that the artist fee was £27,206!! That's £27,206 paid to some muppet who has designed something that looks like it was done by a 5 year old. Actually, i've seen work by 5 year olds that is better than this!!!
In the cost breakdown it said that the artist fee was £27,206!! That's £27,206 paid to some muppet who has designed something that looks like it was done by a 5 year old. Actually, i've seen work by 5 year olds that is better than this!!! Rubberducktrucker

7:23pm Thu 23 Feb 12

Grockler says...

They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it.
They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it. Grockler

8:43pm Thu 23 Feb 12

intherain says...

They look really nice from the angle the photo has been taken..........shame they don't look remotely like that from the road!
They look really nice from the angle the photo has been taken..........shame they don't look remotely like that from the road! intherain

9:09pm Thu 23 Feb 12

portland rebel says...

does anyone know why the rocks had to be geo tested, scanned etc ?.
does anyone know why the rocks had to be geo tested, scanned etc ?. portland rebel

9:27pm Thu 23 Feb 12

LuanaJane says...

People should stop moaning about how much it's cost and how it's useless. It was funded by the ARTS COUNCIL. They have to do something with the money that have got to fund ART related projects around our area. And anyway, what is a world without art and creativity, colour and beauty? It isn't a world at all. Also, I like how the artist has done this. In my opinion the piece looks like those trees you see in africa, and it's nice that he has used rock from the local area.
People should stop moaning about how much it's cost and how it's useless. It was funded by the ARTS COUNCIL. They have to do something with the money that have got to fund ART related projects around our area. And anyway, what is a world without art and creativity, colour and beauty? It isn't a world at all. Also, I like how the artist has done this. In my opinion the piece looks like those trees you see in africa, and it's nice that he has used rock from the local area. LuanaJane

9:29pm Thu 23 Feb 12

LuanaJane says...

Grockler wrote:
They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it.
I totally agree with you there. A world without art and creativity isn't a world at all.
[quote][p][bold]Grockler[/bold] wrote: They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you there. A world without art and creativity isn't a world at all. LuanaJane

9:32pm Thu 23 Feb 12

LuanaJane says...

I totally agree with you there. A world without art and creativity isn't a world at all.
I totally agree with you there. A world without art and creativity isn't a world at all. LuanaJane

4:51am Fri 24 Feb 12

Desk24 says...

A highly talented local artist hopes to gain patronage for similar or above this rate. Details of the fund will be published this year; it will come from private sector donations. Weymouth has gained with large visual additions to its character that will attract thousands.
A highly talented local artist hopes to gain patronage for similar or above this rate. Details of the fund will be published this year; it will come from private sector donations. Weymouth has gained with large visual additions to its character that will attract thousands. Desk24

7:43am Fri 24 Feb 12

SILVERMAN says...

LuanaJane wrote:
People should stop moaning about how much it's cost and how it's useless. It was funded by the ARTS COUNCIL. They have to do something with the money that have got to fund ART related projects around our area. And anyway, what is a world without art and creativity, colour and beauty? It isn't a world at all. Also, I like how the artist has done this. In my opinion the piece looks like those trees you see in africa, and it's nice that he has used rock from the local area.
The Arts Council is a publicly funded body. To simply say they have to do something with the money, completely misunderstands the feeling of the nation at this time of public cutbacks. If they will waste public money on structures such as this then it must be time to stop funding them from the public purse.
[quote][p][bold]LuanaJane[/bold] wrote: People should stop moaning about how much it's cost and how it's useless. It was funded by the ARTS COUNCIL. They have to do something with the money that have got to fund ART related projects around our area. And anyway, what is a world without art and creativity, colour and beauty? It isn't a world at all. Also, I like how the artist has done this. In my opinion the piece looks like those trees you see in africa, and it's nice that he has used rock from the local area.[/p][/quote]The Arts Council is a publicly funded body. To simply say they have to do something with the money, completely misunderstands the feeling of the nation at this time of public cutbacks. If they will waste public money on structures such as this then it must be time to stop funding them from the public purse. SILVERMAN

12:55pm Fri 24 Feb 12

irisred says...

Yes I too would like to know who manufactured the poles and see the all the quotes they had for them.

I am very much a fan of art, of many varieites but this is a waste of public money, whichever bucket of money it came from.

I would like to be proved wrong, I'd like to believe that in 6 months time they won't be covered in birds mess and look unsightly... Shall just have to wait and see!
Yes I too would like to know who manufactured the poles and see the all the quotes they had for them. I am very much a fan of art, of many varieites but this is a waste of public money, whichever bucket of money it came from. I would like to be proved wrong, I'd like to believe that in 6 months time they won't be covered in birds mess and look unsightly... Shall just have to wait and see! irisred

9:45am Sat 25 Feb 12

axzl32 says...

Stagnant, still water is perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes; and it's already taking on a green, unattractive colour. Will there be an additional ongoing cost for chemical treatment?
Stagnant, still water is perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes; and it's already taking on a green, unattractive colour. Will there be an additional ongoing cost for chemical treatment? axzl32

11:25am Sat 25 Feb 12

elvaquero says...

Grockler wrote:
They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it.
In that case, what does that pile of what looks like giant dogs mess on sticks say about our society?? Socially I would say that it is evidence that we are a totally wasteful and uncaring society. We would rather waste horrendous amounts of money on a totally useless and ugly object rather than using that money to improve the lives of the many people are losing their jobs during this time of near recession. Culturally it probably says something about what you will expect to find when you actually get into Weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]Grockler[/bold] wrote: They say art is a social/cultural reflection of society so it should be left alone as it is a statement of the times. True art has no price and time will define it.[/p][/quote]In that case, what does that pile of what looks like giant dogs mess on sticks say about our society?? Socially I would say that it is evidence that we are a totally wasteful and uncaring society. We would rather waste horrendous amounts of money on a totally useless and ugly object rather than using that money to improve the lives of the many people are losing their jobs during this time of near recession. Culturally it probably says something about what you will expect to find when you actually get into Weymouth. elvaquero

12:39pm Sat 25 Feb 12

InterestedOutsider says...

What "national outcry"?
What "national outcry"? InterestedOutsider

12:47pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Red Lady says...

All I can say is a lot of money for something that can only be seen in the daylight !!!!
All I can say is a lot of money for something that can only be seen in the daylight !!!! Red Lady

3:13pm Sat 25 Feb 12

I'm-Tired says...

After driving past this "art" earlier I definitely believe it's a waste of money. It looks dreadful. I think that money should have gone on sorting out the not so white horse.
After driving past this "art" earlier I definitely believe it's a waste of money. It looks dreadful. I think that money should have gone on sorting out the not so white horse. I'm-Tired

2:09am Mon 27 Feb 12

Fred Kite says...

oh dear wait for it in the Daily Mail, around next Thursday.
oh dear wait for it in the Daily Mail, around next Thursday. Fred Kite

10:06am Mon 27 Feb 12

jamie-c says...

What a waste of money! even my 5 year old son thinks they look a little silly, i thought they were meant to be mushrooms to which my boy told me they were just stones on sticks.

Surely with the current economic crisis and times of hardships, increasing energy costs and the general cost of just surviving, maybe the 322K would of been better of spent elsewhere? Like sorting out the financial mess this country is in.

The artist fee makes me laugh also, im seriously in the wrong proffession
What a waste of money! even my 5 year old son thinks they look a little silly, i thought they were meant to be mushrooms to which my boy told me they were just stones on sticks. Surely with the current economic crisis and times of hardships, increasing energy costs and the general cost of just surviving, maybe the 322K would of been better of spent elsewhere? Like sorting out the financial mess this country is in. The artist fee makes me laugh also, im seriously in the wrong proffession jamie-c

8:00pm Mon 27 Feb 12

marabout says...

Whilst I quite like the sculpture and enjoy looking at it as well as being happy that a local artist was commissioned to build it....£3000 for travel... he lives in Devon!!!! How did he travel?


I think this project needs to be audited...and this time properly !!!!!
Whilst I quite like the sculpture and enjoy looking at it as well as being happy that a local artist was commissioned to build it....£3000 for travel... he lives in Devon!!!! How did he travel? I think this project needs to be audited...and this time properly !!!!! marabout

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