THE long-mooted Hove Plinth project has burst into life with the release of ten eye-catching designs vying to grace the city’s seafront.
The Hove Civic Society has received an influx of creative designs from artists.
Society members have now whittled the initial applications down to ten, with just three to have their moment in the limelight.
Residents are being encouraged to visit the project exhibition at the city’s two main libraries to place their vote on which designs they want to see.
Jubilee Library will be hosting the exhibition tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday before moving to Hove next week.
A final exhibit on the weekend of June 20 and 21 will see the designs taken to their new potential home at the site of the plinth in King’s Esplanade.
After three have been selected, funding for the sculptures must be found to ensure the first design is in place by spring 2017.
The pieces in the shortlist include: Beacons by John Atkin – a stainless steel cone sculpture can be laser-cut with Brighton-inspired imagery and illuminated with LEDs placed inside.
Convergence by David Harber – a curvaceous design inspired by the links formed over time between Brighton and Hove to become a single city.
Escape by Matthew Davies – this “fluid amorphous” sculpture aims to mirror the organic movements of nature, the sea breeze, the gliding birds and rolling waves.
Flight of the Langoustine by Pierre Diamantopoulo – Brighton-based Diamantopoulo is the only artist with two designs on the shortlist. His piece was inspired by beachcombing in Brighton after a storm.
Promenade by April Young – Horses play a prominent role in Young’s work.
LAN A by Suresh Dutt – Dutt’s mystical shape is inspired by some of the city’s more exotic architecture.
Perfect Storm by Jonathan Hogg and Stephanie Rubin – Rye-based Rubin and London-based Hogg have created Perfect Storm from a year-long digital data collection of wind speeds and directions.
Camera Man by Roland Stevenson – this early 20th Century cameraman conceals a small wide angled digital camera.
Constellation by Jonathan Wright – this is partly a mechanical model of the solar system, part film camera and part ship’s compass.
Instead of planets circling on the orrery, objects will refer to Hove.