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Artist pays tribute to the West Pier

The Argus: Artist pays tribute to the West Pier Artist pays tribute to the West Pier

An artist has paid tribute to the West Pier by making a sculpture out of a piece of its crumbling frame.

Paul Lewis, 50, owner of Treehouse Timber and a part-time artist, has created a sculpture which features two bronze seagulls posing on one of the window frames reclaimed from the pier’s now collapsed concert hall.

Paul said: “It is such a shame – every time I drive past I remember the pier is going to be gone soon and I wanted to do something to pay tribute to it.”

The two seagulls are based on casts taken of stuffed gulls.

Paul said he found one of the gulls in an antique shop.

It was more than 100-years-old and had a plaque on it which read: “In loving memory of Matilda.”

He has called the sculpture, which took three months to complete, Matilda.

The sculpture will go up for sale at Southeby’s at Summers Place in Billinghurst, with a suggested list price of £14,000.

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8:31am Fri 21 Mar 14

brightonian57 says...

See Kittykat you could have spent £14,000.on a lovely sculpture that people could enjoy, and the rest of the £36.2 mill on useful projects, like repairing Madeira Terrace and other things the city needs and wants
See Kittykat you could have spent £14,000.on a lovely sculpture that people could enjoy, and the rest of the £36.2 mill on useful projects, like repairing Madeira Terrace and other things the city needs and wants brightonian57
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8:42am Fri 21 Mar 14

phillucas says...

Ah, this is beautiful, I love it.
Ah, this is beautiful, I love it. phillucas
  • Score: 8

9:53am Fri 21 Mar 14

Pebbles says...

Great piece...but 14k ! Just going to have a look in my garage....
Great piece...but 14k ! Just going to have a look in my garage.... Pebbles
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