The Beacon in Whitehaven will present a proposal of iconic works of art
The BEACON Museum in Whitehaven will present proposals for a historic public artwork in Copeland.
Copeland Borough Council commissioned the piece, along with other works, as part of Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast.
The Deep Time arts program is part of the wider Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast program which is funded by Copeland Borough Council, the Coastal Communities Fund, Sellafield Ltd’s ‘Social Impactmultiplicated’ program and Arts Council England.
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Sarah Mitchell, Copeland Borough Council Economic Development Manager, said: “It is very exciting to commission such a significant piece of art to celebrate Copeland’s incredible coastline.
“The exhibition is accompanied by talks and events featuring the artists and curators of the project. We want as many people as possible to come and share their thoughts on the proposals and learn more about the project and our plans. .”
Events include a discussion with Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread, a screening of films by Scholar-in-Residence Christina Picchi, and a tour of the exhibition with curator Aldo Rinaldi.
The free exhibit, which runs from September 10 to October 9, will feature submissions from four teams vying to create an awe-inspiring piece of public art along the Copeland coast. Visitors will be invited to give their opinion on the plans.
Ideas will be brought to life through designs, models and films, developed over the past two years in response to Copeland’s landscape and coastline.
The artists hoping to win the commission are: Rachel Whiteread; Olafur Eliasson; Roger Hiorns with Tom Emerson (6A architects); and Piet Oudolf with Nicolas Becker, Thomas Piper, Emanuele Coccia, AMI and VPPR Architects.
The Deep Time program celebrates the ecology, history, industry and rugged beauty of Copeland. This dynamic landscape is where the mountains and valleys meet the Irish Sea and it is constantly changing, depending on the tide, light and weather.
In addition to the proposed flagship piece, the Deep Time project includes the creation of other works of art around the borough, as well as written pieces.