December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A sculpture resembling a giant eggwhisk will take pride of place on a London roundabout.
Standing 16m high, the artwork will be found on Gants Hill roundabout in Redbridge.
Designed by award-winning Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress, plans for the sculpture were first unveiled in 2010, but delays finalising details including the safety of the structure have seen the installation date put back.
Now it looks set to be installed in a matter of weeks.
An application has been submitted by Redbridge Council for the lighting of the base, as well as the installation of the steel and bronze wire structure.
The 16m column will be topped by an “irregular shaped feature 9m long by 4m wide”.
The artwork, described as an “abstracted egg”, is designed to represent regeneration and new life.
A plaque will be erected nearby to commemorate it.
Cllr Ruth Clark, who has long championed the regeneration of the area, said: “It will put Gants Hill on the map – it will be a landmark.”
The £80,000 being spent was set aside specifically for public art by developers responsible for a series of housing builds in Gants Hill.
But with the economy taking a turn for the worse since then, Cllr Clark thinks many may rush to criticise it.
She said: “People would be right to say art isn’t the priority, but this money was set aside years ago.
“When we put it out to consultation, this was the design the residents and businesses wanted. Art is subjective. You wouldn’t like a painting that I liked.”
The Conservative councillor added: “It’s very much my baby. I pushed to have the money for art spent in Gants Hill. Maybe people will throw eggs at me!”