A brand new piece of public art was unveiled in Portishead this week. The work, which is called 'Precious' is a 1.5 ton bronze of two figures sitting side-by-side on a large block. It has been installed at the entrance to the Village Quarter on Phoenix Way in the town.
The sculpture has been created by Bristol based artist Carol Peace who works at Spike Island on the floating harbour.
Carol Peace said: "The block the figures sit on represents the former power station's ashlands, on which the Village Quarter is being built, and the two figures represent the regeneration of the site.
"I have called the piece Precious because precious is the feeling of being totally at ease with another person – the feeling of them close to you, their skin under your hand, a comfort that seems to make sense of things."
Carol's work is the latest in a series of works of art that have been installed at Port Marine and the Village Quarter as part of the Portishead Quays Consortium Public Art Programme. This is overseen by a steering committee which is made up of members of the Consortium, Portshead Town Council, North Somerset Council and the local community.
Originally from North Yorkshire, Carol Peace has had her work shown in exhibitions throughout Britain, Switzerland, Greece, France and Spain. She frequently bases her work on dance and movement.
Public art consultant to the Portishead Quays Consortium Stuart Clamp said: "Carol's work is the latest piece to be installed. Talks are on-going to commission other artists to create other pieces and eventually we hope to establish a sculpture trail throughout the new Port Marine and Village Quarter developments."
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