Society seeks backing for plinth on King's Esplanade in Brighton

The Argus: MP Mike Weatherley is behind the plinth plan MP Mike Weatherley is behind the plinth plan

A plinth displaying the best of public sculpture has received the backing of council officials and an MP.

Hove Civic Society has requested landowner’s consent from Brighton and Hove City Council for a seafront plinth that will display a series of temporary sculptures and changing art installations.

It is hoping to install the plinth on King’s Esplanade, opposite the statue of Queen Victoria at the south end of Grand Avenue.

The proposed plinth would be 2.5m high, 2.5m wide and 2.25m long, made of Roman stone and would cost £50,000.

The society is looking to raise the money for the plinth through corporate fundraising, arts charities and funds, as well as reviving the Victorian tradition of public subscription art.

It is seeking to make links with the CASS Sculpture Foundation in Chichester and the Henry Moore Foundation to help supply suitable works of art.

The proposal has also been backed by a number of art groups, including Brighton Festival, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Same Sky.

Artworks would be illuminated at night by a series of spotlights.

The project would emulate the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, which has provided a temporary display of work for top artists, including Anthony Gormley and Marc Quinn Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride”.

He added: “A prominent public space for sculpted work to be displayed is an excellent idea as Hove has a fantastic array of artistic talent.”

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the economic development and culture committee, said: “If the initiative is approved the seafront plinth will become a cultural focal point for Hove and continue the long tradition of statues and monuments in the city.”

A decision will be made at a committee meeting on Thursday.

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10:55pm Sat 5 Jan 13

rightback says...

"The project would emulate the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, which has provided a temporary display of work for top artists, including Anthony Gormley and Marc Quinn Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride”

Oh god not another waste of money dedicated to the "arty ****" brigade. Be prepared for VERY bad sculpture and homage to our diverse culture!

Quick, where is the sick bag!!
"The project would emulate the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, which has provided a temporary display of work for top artists, including Anthony Gormley and Marc Quinn Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride” Oh god not another waste of money dedicated to the "arty ****" brigade. Be prepared for VERY bad sculpture and homage to our diverse culture! Quick, where is the sick bag!! rightback

11:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Vigilia says...

"Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride.”

What would create a strong sense of civic pride is to eradicate the toleration of ever burgeoning colonies of squatting vagrants across the City that make us look like something of the most deprived of the Third World.

What is more, it would save us hundreds of thousands of pounds a year .
"Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride.” What would create a strong sense of civic pride is to eradicate the toleration of ever burgeoning colonies of squatting vagrants across the City that make us look like something of the most deprived of the Third World. What is more, it would save us hundreds of thousands of pounds a year . Vigilia

12:32am Sun 6 Jan 13

Cold cold ground says...

Great idea !
I walk my dog down there and it will be great to see excellent art in the urban setting.

What would the earth be without art.
It would be just "eh"
Great idea ! I walk my dog down there and it will be great to see excellent art in the urban setting. What would the earth be without art. It would be just "eh" Cold cold ground

6:06am Sun 6 Jan 13

Cash Cow says...

Is Mike's car reg PEN 1S
Is Mike's car reg PEN 1S Cash Cow

7:34am Sun 6 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

A plinth with statues of Lucas, Kitcat and Duncan; dressed-up as clowns
A plinth with statues of Lucas, Kitcat and Duncan; dressed-up as clowns BornInBrighton1968

8:15am Sun 6 Jan 13

george smith says...

Vigilia wrote:
"Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride.”

What would create a strong sense of civic pride is to eradicate the toleration of ever burgeoning colonies of squatting vagrants across the City that make us look like something of the most deprived of the Third World.

What is more, it would save us hundreds of thousands of pounds a year .
Very true, the top of Hartington road, and around by Elm grove primary School are a disgrace.
I thought that was where all the trendies from Londonstian lived, bet they didn't have it in Londonstian when they lived there.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: "Council officers have advised councillors to give the plans the go ahead while Hove MP Mike Weatherley has said the plinth would create “a strong sense of civic pride.” What would create a strong sense of civic pride is to eradicate the toleration of ever burgeoning colonies of squatting vagrants across the City that make us look like something of the most deprived of the Third World. What is more, it would save us hundreds of thousands of pounds a year .[/p][/quote]Very true, the top of Hartington road, and around by Elm grove primary School are a disgrace. I thought that was where all the trendies from Londonstian lived, bet they didn't have it in Londonstian when they lived there. george smith

10:09am Sun 6 Jan 13

Hove Actually says...

Instead of Roman Stone why not make it of concrete and then it could be repainted by different artists and then you would get two displays for the price of one
Instead of Roman Stone why not make it of concrete and then it could be repainted by different artists and then you would get two displays for the price of one Hove Actually

1:14pm Sun 6 Jan 13

The Real Phil says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Instead of Roman Stone why not make it of concrete and then it could be repainted by different artists and then you would get two displays for the price of one
Or even have it made from compressed recycled material (we are a green town after all).
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Instead of Roman Stone why not make it of concrete and then it could be repainted by different artists and then you would get two displays for the price of one[/p][/quote]Or even have it made from compressed recycled material (we are a green town after all). The Real Phil

4:52pm Sun 6 Jan 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

Cold cold ground wrote:
Great idea !
I walk my dog down there and it will be great to see excellent art in the urban setting.

What would the earth be without art.
It would be just "eh"
Too right. I think it's a great idea - as long as they fundraise, rather than taking the money out of council coffers.
[quote][p][bold]Cold cold ground[/bold] wrote: Great idea ! I walk my dog down there and it will be great to see excellent art in the urban setting. What would the earth be without art. It would be just "eh"[/p][/quote]Too right. I think it's a great idea - as long as they fundraise, rather than taking the money out of council coffers. thevoiceoftruth

8:47pm Sun 6 Jan 13

doralora says...

What a great idea! it will get the community involved and create a focal point in that area. Public art is far more prevalent on the continent and it promotes a sense of pride in the cities where they have it and we could do with more. The best thing is that it doesnt have to cost any council tax so i can only see winners in this scheme.
What a great idea! it will get the community involved and create a focal point in that area. Public art is far more prevalent on the continent and it promotes a sense of pride in the cities where they have it and we could do with more. The best thing is that it doesnt have to cost any council tax so i can only see winners in this scheme. doralora

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