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The Kissing Bridge (Edition 2/3)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:New England Road
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Outside building
and in:Garden
Access is:Public
Location note:On Circus Parade, outside Vantage Point
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:E3
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 : Nigel Boonham
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Purchased by Renison Investments Corporation (Vantage Point developers)
Construction period:1981
Unveiling date:09/09/1998
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Vantage Point, Brighton.
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Faces north towards New England Road and is set in a gardened area surrounded by shops and offices. Two figures, male (west) and female (east), leaning forward to form an arch, kissing at the point of the arch keystone. The statues stand on two concrete bases.
Signatures:Integral bronze base of male figure, facing west:
Boonham
1982
2/3

Integral bronze base of male figure, facing west, bottom right:
BURLEIFIELD

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Full-length

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Object Parts

Part 1:Bases
     Material:Concrete
     Height (cm):95
     Width (cm):70
     Depth (cm):50
Part 2:Whole structure
     Material:Concrete and bronze
     Height (cm):215
     Width (cm):380
     Depth (cm):50
Part 3:Statues (each)
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):120
     Width (cm):170
     Depth (cm):40

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Biological growth
     Condition 2: Metallic staining
     More details:Biological growth to both bases, also stained underneath the two bronze statues.
Condition 2 of type:Vandalism
     Condition 1: Graffiti
     More details:Painted graffiti to the base of the male statue facing the road, also to its face, away from the road.
Date of on-site inspection:22/01/2008

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History

History:Unveiled by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.


Nigel Boonham supervised the completion of the statue of Nelson Mandela that was unveiled in Parliament Square in London in 2007. The sculptor, Ian Walters had completed the clay model of the statue just before his death and chose Nigel Boonham to supervise its completion. The idea of placing a statue to honour Nelson Mandela in a prominent place in London was initiated by Donald Woods, the journalist and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, who died in 2001. Woods chose Ian Walters to undertake the work, because of his sculpture of Mandela on the South Bank and his links with the anti-apartheid movement. Walters began the clay bust in 2001 when he travelled to Mandela's home in South Africa, where the statesman sat for him for a total of nine hours. (Greater London Council)

The founder's mark, BURLEIFIELD, relates to the Morris Singer foundry. Morris Singer Art Founders is a new name in casting, following the merger of the old established companies of Burleighfield Arts, originally in High Wycombe, and Nautilus Fine Art and the recent acquisition of the Morris Singer name. The business is located in a modern facility at Braintree in Essex . The first bronze cast was bought in 1994 for a private house in East Ilsley, Berkshire and has since returned temporarily to the artist's studio on the sale of the house. It is occasionally temporarily exhibited elsewhere such as Chichester Cathedral. (Sculptor)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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