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"Torpedosaur" Ready to be Unveiled at Weymouth Gateway


7:35am 26th June 2014

A public art project that took months to plan and even longer to build is nearly finished at the Weymouth Gateway Business Park.

Dorchester artist Andy Kirkby has been putting together 3 separate contemporary-type sculptures to go on the Mercury Road site.

One of them called "Torpedosaur" sees 3 prehistoric beasts made from old warhead casings.

The artwork is all based on designs and stories from the public and they're set to be unveiled early next month.

Artist Andy Kirkby said it's been a pleasure to work with the local community in sourcing ideas for the three sculptures:

"The enthusiasm and support I have received has not only helped me in the design process but, I hope, instilled a sense of ownership towards the project as a whole."

Cllr Rachel Rogers, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism & Culture Briefholder said:

"Throughout history, public art has been a way on integrating a community with its environment, be it natural or built, and using that integration to express deep-rooted ideas about the relationship between the two. I am delighted that Weymouth is adding these unique works to its public art portfolio.

Public art relies on the quality and impact of its exchange with those who interact with it and I would encourage all local residents and visitors to the area to come and be part of that interaction."

The public art scheme is co-funded by fashion retailer New Look and Sainsbury.

An exhibition, which reflects Andy's early designs for the sculptures and provides background to the project, will be held in Sainsbury's foyer from the beginning of July.

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