A SCULPTURE inspired by a ship's hull and whale bones will appear at the entrance of a new multi-million pound office development.

The sculpture at Edward Street Quarter in Brighton aims to connect the new neighbourhood with the city's history as a fishing community, and will feature a reflective ceiling enabling people to see their faces and encouraging them to interact with the piece.

The outer layer of the artwork will be made of weathering steel which ages over time, recalling the rusty hull of a ship.

It has been designed by Casto Solano, who produced outdoor works for 30 years and has had work by his British-Spanish studio SolArt feature in cities including Paris, Vancouver and Seattle.

Casto said: "We are looking forward to installing our whale bone sculpture in Edward Street Quarter and adding our piece to the art trail which is taking shape in this vibrant new destination.

"I am passionate about creating iconic pieces which invite interaction and participation.

"I believe art can connect us through our shared space and culture, and that good art should attract visitors from the local areas and nationally.

"This piece will create a meeting point where people can feel a connection with the area's history and we hope it will draw in visitors from miles around."

The sculpture will join a ten metre high ceramic mural of the sea god Neptune, designed by Cosmo Sarson, and a groundwork fishing net, designed by Bruce William.

Local designer Richard Wolfstrome, who has been helping the development to find the best talent to design public art, said: "The three pieces together demonstrate a joined-up-thinking approach to create a cohesive place narrative.

"SolArt was won based on the merits of their idea, their skills and the beauty of their design.

"We also wanted to celebrate that Brighton is an international city which has great connections with our neighbours in Europe."

Edward Street Quarter is a £120 million redevelopment of the former AMEX House in Brighton. The scheme will deliver 125,000 square foot of flexible office space, making it the largest provision of workspace to be built in the city since 1993.

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