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Big Art Fund update

Date uploaded: October 13, 2008

The people of Cardigan expressed overwhelming support for pressing ahead with the Channel 4 Big Art installation Turbulence at a meeting held at the town's Small World Theatre.

Close to 100 people were in attendance to hear Cardigan’s chosen artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer alongside curator Wiard Sterk, stakeholders in the Big Art Project and the technical feasibility team explain the details of the proposed interactive floating sculpture and respond to a number of practical queries and concerns linked to this ambitious project.

The project team will now move forward to the final feasibility and technical stage based on the new proposed location at The Strand, located further upstream on the other side of the old bridge from Prince Charles Quay.

Meanwhile, planning approval has been granted by St.Helens Council for a spectacular new landmark artwork chosen by a group of local ex-miners.

Entitled Dream, the 20 metre high sculpture by internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa is to be sited on top of the former Sutton Manor Colliery, located close to Junction 7 of the M62.  The work is intended to become a gateway feature for both Merseyside and Greater Manchester at the heart of the Northwest, and to symbolise the regeneration of the region. It will launch, subject to progress, in spring 2009.

The Big Art Project is an ambitious public art initiative from Channel 4 supported by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts and The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity.


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