Giant chicken plan for eastern roundabout
Thursday, 1st April 2010.
A £200,000 plan to provide a piece of public art on the Rowley Hill roundabout at the Sturmer end of Haverhill bypass has been put forward.
The sculpture would balance the Gateway artwork on the western approach to the town, which was created nearly a decade ago and has divided opinion.
Designs for the sculpture, which it is expected will be around 60ft high, are being produced based around the concept of a giant chicken.
"This is only a concept at present," said project leader Rilf Oolap at launch event to unveil the idea yesterday.
"It still needs a lot of work, but the main inspiration was the beautiful Gateway roundabout design, which has become well-known not just locally, but nationwide as one of the best in the UK.
"We brought together a group of artists who took a long look at the Gateway roundabout and found that the common theme which spoke to them from it was chicken wire.
"It was then a logical step to develop a corresponding piece of artwork on the theme of the chicken."
A spokesman for the Government agency for encouraging up-and-coming artists as p[ossible future Turner Prize winners, GoTu, said they were always delighted when projects of this kind came forward to give opportunities for artists to show their work on a wider canvas.
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