A brand new piece of sculpture has been installed in Lockside Square, at the Port Marine development in Portishead. The eight metre high, one metre wide duplex stainless steel piece is the work of Somerset based sculptor Mark Merer.
The sculpture is the latest in a whole series of public art pieces which have been commissioned for the Port Marine development.
All the artworks have been commissioned and funded by Crest Nicholson and Public Art South West.
This latest sculpture is the Energy Artwork, which was inspired by the former power station site and is reminiscent of its chimneys.
The stainless steel tube is perforated and will soon be fitted with pulsing LED lights which will reflect both the water and the tides in various colours.
Mark Merer said: “My main interest is the inter relationship between the sculpture and the environment. This piece stands to remind people of the Portishead Power Station, whose chimneys once stood on this site, but also to reflect the changing patterns of the water nearby and the tides”.
There are now seventeen pieces of public art at Port Marine including stone sculptures recalling historical events in the town and other works in a variety of metals, all of which have been inspired by things that happened in the town. Further art works are planned for Port Marine, the details of which will be released in due course.
A public art steering group was set up in Portishead in 1999. It is part of a 10 year programme and forms a key component of the £500 million Port Marine development.
Public Art Consultant Stuart Clamp said: “We set up a steering group in the town which is made up of representatives from the local community, local artists and local councillors. This ensures that local people have their say on what is commissioned.
“The art installed at Portishead will eventually form part of a sculpture trail. We want the pieces to form visual clues that inspire people to go out and find out more about the nautical school or the lifeboat trust, for example, both of which are represented in sculptures at Port Marine.”
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