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Designs for Augusta Park art on show

Test Valley Borough Council is inviting Augusta Park residents to view and comment on designs for a new piece of public art.

The Augusta Open Space initiative has hosted workshops, exhibitions, treasure hunts and walks where residents have contributed their ideas for the art and helped to shape the artists’ brief. Plans are now progressing well and the designs will be on display at the Augusta Park Community Centre and YMCA centre until 9 April.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “Local residents have come up with some fantastic ideas, memories and details of historic events that we incorporated into the artists’ brief. The themes that stemmed from this work include the nature surrounding the site and the idea of growth and organic forms, the use of the land for farming and agriculture, and the desire to have a landmark piece of art and meeting place.”

The Council has awarded the contract to Denis O’Connor and Bernie Rutter from Sculpture Works, who submitted a comprehensive proposal that showed their experience across the UK of creating large sculptural artworks combined with engaging communities in the creation of the work.

The work has been funded by Section 106 agreements.