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The Spirit of Brighton

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Location

Street:Western Road
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Outside building
Access is:Public
Location note:Used to stand in Churchill Square, in front of Chartwell Court
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:C7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : William George Mitchell
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Brighton & Hove City Council
Installation date:1968
Unveiling date:11/10/1968
Work is:Lost
Owner custodian:Standard Life Investments
Object listing:Not listed
Description:The sculpture was sand-blasted and included sculpted rockery with tumbling water features. It was also originally to be laquered, including pieces of gold mosaic meant to catch the sun. There were shrubs around the base and the sculpture was floodlit.

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Sculptural, Abstract
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Entire sculpture
     Material:Concrete
     Height (cm):915

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Object Condition


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History

History:The sculpture stood in the centre of the original 15 acre Churchill Square shopping centre. The shopping centre was originally proposed in 1935 but not formerly opened until 11 October 1968 by Mayor Thomas Taylor. It had cost £9m. It was planned by Sir Hugh Casson, Brighton’s Consultant Architect, and Russell Diplock Associates in conjunction with Myton Ltd, a member of the Taylor Woodrow Group. The centre was opened in 1972 and named after Sir Winston Churchill who was a Freeman of Brighton. Demolition of the original site commenced in January 1996. The main construction programme commenced August 1996 and the new centre opened 4 September 1998.

The sculpture was demolished by Standard Life Investments in 1992 and replaced with a bandstand as a temporary measure before commencement of the development of the Square. (Standard Life Investments)
Hard archive file:Yes

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References


Further information:
www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__5562_path__0p115p208p505p.aspx
www.william-mitchell.com/

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Author: Postcard
Copyright: Creative Commons

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