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A singing lady has hit a new high note for art lovers at Crest Nicholson Residential's prestige homes development at Port Marine in Portishead.

SingingThe singing lady is a 5ft sculpture by artist in residence Michael Disley and is the latest attraction in the award-winning developer’s exciting programme of public art to grace the prestigious 700-home waterside environment.

The sculpture in Cadeby limestone was inspired by the fact that lyricist Fred Wetherly – who wrote the words to Danny Boy - was born in Portishead.

The singing lady has made her public debut in a lake setting beside Crest Nicholson Residential's marketing suite and has already been voted a hit by both visitors and residents.

"She is attracting a lot of attention and considerable curiosity amongst those who do not know of the connection between Portishead and one of the most famous Irish songs in the world," said Michael.

"I have captured her singing at the top of her lungs and she brings a spirit of happiness and enthusiasm to the setting."

The singing lady is the latest work to be unveiled at Port Marine as part of the public arts strategy to recall significant people and events from the coastal town’s rich history.

An 18ft rust-coloured steel sculpture called 'Towards The Sky' has been  installed as a dramatic centrepiece at Port Marine. This work by award-winning Bath sculptor and Royal Academician Ann Christopher was inspired by the old lock gates on the former power station site.

The singing lady is the second in a series of six works from Michael Disley, whose acclaimed first piece, a 5ft stone sculpture called "Topping Out" commemorates the day that the chimneys of the original power station A was topped out in 1929.

Other works will include a bronze resin piece called "Reach" by local artist Carol Peace and some sculptures by St Werburgh’s artist Jason Lane, which are fashioned from scrap metal found at the former power station site.

Crest Nicholson Residential's project director Mark Hallett said that the singing lady is an appealing addition to Port Marine's public arts portfolio which is helping to provide a stimulating environment for both residents and visitors.

Source: Martin Powell Associates. Images: Andrew Atkinson