The First Three Sculptures to be Installed on Hove Plinth

The first three sculptures to be installed on Hove Plinth have been unveiled in small scale form.

Hove Civic Society launched a competition earlier this year to find artists who could bring contemporary sculpture to Hove seafront.

The winning sculptures are Escape by Matthew James Davies, Flight of the Langoustines by Pierre Diamantopoulo and Constellation by Jonathan Wright.

A first major commission for Oxford-based Davies, his sculpture cast in blue resin aims to mirror the movements of nature, such as the sea breeze, gliding birds and rolling waves.

Brighton sculptor Diamantopoulo who has exhibited in the UK and internationally took inspiration from a discarded lobster pot for his piece about human exodus and release.

Wright, who is based in Folkestone and has also exhibited at home and abroad, will involve local residents to help choose which iconic Hove images will be part of his sculpture.

Each sculpture will be in place on the plinth for 12-18 months and then found a permanent position in Hove or Brighton, which could include corporate headquarters, new developments or public spaces.

The Society has begun fundraising in earnest to ensure the plinth can be built and sculptures commissioned at the earliest opportunity.display plinths
A range of founder packages and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available but anyone can make a donation of any size to help make Hove Plinth a reality.

Hove Civic Society has planning permission to install a stone plinth on the King’s Esplanade at the foot of Grand Avenue. The plinth will be used for changing displays of sculpture, inspired by the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. It will have technological capabilities to make viewing the sculptures an interactive, educational experience.
Hove Civic Society are aiming to have the plinth and its first installation in place in spring 2017.

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