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Latest piece of public art unveiled

A new piece of public art has been temporarily installed next to the Lock Control Building on the marina. The sculpture, called Man and Animal, has been created by Somerset artist Giles Penny.

Man and AnimalMan and Animal, a two ton bronze sculpture, is the latest piece to be created under the Portishead Quays Consortium Public Arts Strategy. The sculpture has recently undergone a patination process, where it is heated by a blow torch and chemicals are added to give it its distinctive colour and pattern.

Portishead Quays Consortium spokesman Chris Cain said: "This sculpture is part of a whole series of works of art that have been installed around the site. Man and Animal has been placed next to the Lock Control Building as a temporary measure. Eventually it will be placed in an open space surrounded by trees and seats, which will allow people to stop and admire it.

"The works of art around the development are really helping to give Port Marine its own identity".

Portishead Quays Consortium Public Art Consultant Stuart Clamp said art at the development would eventually form a sculpture trail.

Giles Penny has his work displayed throughout the UK and is a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors . He has created a large collection of sculptures for the Body Shop headquarters in West Sussex and had two pieces of his work shown at the Shape of the Century exhibition at Canary Wharf. These were then purchased as part of the permanent collection.

Source: Martin Powell Associates