Residents asked to submit Olympic statue ideas

Dorset Echo: GRAND DESIGN: Peter Boyce-Tomkins working on the Olympic legacy sculpture mode GRAND DESIGN: Peter Boyce-Tomkins working on the Olympic legacy sculpture mode

RESIDENTS are invited to submit ideas for a London 2012 Olym-pic legacy statue.

The 10-metre high and six-foot wide fibre glass sculpture would sit at the entrance to Osprey Quay on Portland .

It is the brainchild of Dorset sculptor Peter Boyce-Tomkins who expects the project, named Inspiration, to cost £150,000.

The statue, inspired by the shape of a sail sweeping up towards the sky, would be mounted on a bearing to swing with the wind.

The project currently has no funding or backing but Mr Boyce-Tomkins, 67, of Swanage, is determined to make his idea a reality.

He is calling for residents to go along to the Heights Hotel on Portland where a model is on display alongside a comments book.

An earlier exhibition of the project was hosted by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council during the Games but Mr Boyce-Tomkins said not enough people were aware of it.

He said: “If it is to proceed I need the support of the public to persuade funders to back the project.

“I am then hoping to get funding from the Arts Council and local businesses then get planning permission. Now is the time to act if we are to give the region an Olympic legacy to remember in years to come.

“An earlier exhibition was held during the Games but no one knew about it.”

Residents are invited to write their thoughts in the comment book about the whole idea including the shape, size and colour they would prefer for the sculpture.

The feedback will then be considered in the final plans before bids for funding are made.

Mr Boyce-Tomkins added: “It will be an imposing structure celebrating the 2012 Olympics and recognising the maritime heritage of Weymouth and Portland.

“It would give Portland a permanent reminder of a time when it was the centre of the world’s attention with all the future benefits that could bring to the area, if handled skilfully.”

Mr Boyce-Tomkins said he has spent a great deal of time researching the safety aspects of building a structure of this size and weight.

The Dorset sculptor has been working on Inspir-ation for nearly a year liaising with Sunseeker International and Bourne-mouth University.

He added: “The major aim with Inspiration is that the whole project will be designed, built and completed in Dorset.”

The Heights Hotel exhibition will be there until the end of September.

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10:58am Fri 14 Sep 12

Hunterjohn says...

What a ludicrous idea and waste of money. We had the perfect legacy of Weymouth & Portland's involvement in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the shape of the Olympic rings at the station and at Osprey Quay carved appropriately out of Portland stone. Where are they now?
What a ludicrous idea and waste of money. We had the perfect legacy of Weymouth & Portland's involvement in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the shape of the Olympic rings at the station and at Osprey Quay carved appropriately out of Portland stone. Where are they now? Hunterjohn
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11:24am Fri 14 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

I agree with Hunterjohn
I agree with Hunterjohn lostnfound
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11:25am Fri 14 Sep 12

maximan says...

Wouldn't mind seeing a statue on Ben Ainsley somewhere in the town. A monument to the most historic sporting moment to ever happen in Dorset.
Wouldn't mind seeing a statue on Ben Ainsley somewhere in the town. A monument to the most historic sporting moment to ever happen in Dorset. maximan
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12:23pm Fri 14 Sep 12

pretz1l says...

What about a giant statue of Ben Ainsley astride the entrance to Portland Harbour akin to the Colossus of Rhodes.
What about a giant statue of Ben Ainsley astride the entrance to Portland Harbour akin to the Colossus of Rhodes. pretz1l
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4:17pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Dorset Boy says...

The last place I saw the Olympic rings was outside of the secretaries tent at Dorset County Show.
The last place I saw the Olympic rings was outside of the secretaries tent at Dorset County Show. Dorset Boy
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7:35pm Fri 14 Sep 12

bollywood says...

Enpugh money has already been wasted on poo-on-sticks and lasers. No more crap art work please, if you have that much money to waste please spend it on something that would benefit the community.
Enpugh money has already been wasted on poo-on-sticks and lasers. No more crap art work please, if you have that much money to waste please spend it on something that would benefit the community. bollywood
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10:00pm Fri 14 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

I think that eventually the only person who would gain from this is Mr Boyce-Tomkins who is apparently short of cash and long on spare time and would appreciate the lion's share of the £150,000 (:o))
What is wrong with the Olympic rings as a legacy statue? They have been manufactured, are paid for and once put in a prominent position next to the Sailing academy, perhaps on the roundabout at the Portland end of the beach Road, they will serve as a permanent reminder.
I think that eventually the only person who would gain from this is Mr Boyce-Tomkins who is apparently short of cash and long on spare time and would appreciate the lion's share of the £150,000 (:o)) What is wrong with the Olympic rings as a legacy statue? They have been manufactured, are paid for and once put in a prominent position next to the Sailing academy, perhaps on the roundabout at the Portland end of the beach Road, they will serve as a permanent reminder. lostnfound
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11:15pm Fri 14 Sep 12

ETV says...

Personally I'd rather not be reminded about the Olympics.
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So can I suggest that Mr Boyce-Tomkins minds his own business and puts up a monstrosity of his own choosing in his own town of Swanage!
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Oh, and he can pay for it himself rather than sponging £150k from somewhere it might do some good.
Personally I'd rather not be reminded about the Olympics. . So can I suggest that Mr Boyce-Tomkins minds his own business and puts up a monstrosity of his own choosing in his own town of Swanage! . Oh, and he can pay for it himself rather than sponging £150k from somewhere it might do some good. ETV
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5:40pm Sat 15 Sep 12

monkeydog says...

How about an Olympic public toilet in the Ferrybridge area?
How about an Olympic public toilet in the Ferrybridge area? monkeydog
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7:24pm Thu 20 Sep 12

cj07589 says...

What about a gigantic pound Stirling sign? Or thousands of nurses, police, schools, hospitals or coast guard helicopter cover for Portland?
What about a gigantic pound Stirling sign? Or thousands of nurses, police, schools, hospitals or coast guard helicopter cover for Portland? cj07589
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9:02am Fri 21 Sep 12

Artstudent says...

Paint the Olympic rings on the side of the helicopter, re name it the 'Portland Olympic' like they do with old steam trains and see how easy Mr Cameron finds it to scrap then?
Paint the Olympic rings on the side of the helicopter, re name it the 'Portland Olympic' like they do with old steam trains and see how easy Mr Cameron finds it to scrap then? Artstudent
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