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Cormorant

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Location

Street:West Quay
Town:Newhaven
Parish:Newhaven
Council:Lewes District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN9
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Next to the car park at the beginning of the pedestrianised area
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:149
Grid reference:K5
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 : Christian Funnell
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Lewes District Council
Construction period:2002
Installation date:2003
Unveiling date:15/05/2003
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Newhaven Town Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Set on a circular brick base topped with stone labs forming a seat. There are four uplighters set into the stone slabs. The sculpture, facing north, is of a standing cormorant, wings outstretched. The wings have cut-out designs of fish. It is set on a pedestal that is formed from an old beach groyne. The whole is set in a pedestrianised area bicycle clamps and decorative stone balls. To the eastern rim there is a seat constructed similarly to the sculpture base.
Signatures:Wooden plaque at the base of the wooden pedestal inscribed:
Christian
Funnell
Inscription:North face of brick base, metal plaque inscribed:

This tribute to the heritage and future of Newhaven
was unveiled by

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG

on the occasion of his visit to Newhaven
15th May 2003

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Commemorative, Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Standing

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Object Parts

Part 1:Pedestal
     Material:Wood (beach groyne)
     Height (cm):190
     Width (cm):45
     Depth (cm):45
Part 2:Sculpture
     Material:Galvanised and painted steel
     Height (cm):200
     Width (cm):240
     Depth (cm):40
Part 3:Base
     Material:Brick topped by stone slabs
     Depth (cm):400

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Bird guano
     Condition 2: Abrasions, cracks, splits
     Condition 3: Biological growth
     Condition 4: Metallic staining
     More details:The pedestal appears to be made of a groyne. It is not clear whether the cracks on this are due to weather or were present on construction. There is some biological growth to the south face of the pedestal. There is metallic staining on the east face of the pedestal originating from the original metal bolts in the groyne.
Condition 2 of type:Vandalism
     Condition 1: Graffiti
     Condition 2: Surface damage
     More details:Some graffiti has been carved into the north and west faces
Date of on-site inspection:04/07/2007

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History

History:Unveiled by the Duke of Kent. The sculptor originally placed a similar piece, made from tyres on a steel frame, on a platform in the harbour waters. This was done without permission but when the Council saw it, they liked the piece and commissioned the piece now on the West Quay.

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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