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The Look Out

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Chapel Street
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:In the middle of the road, junction of Chapel Street and Fort Road.
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

Company/Group :GW Ironworks
     Role:Metal worker
Name : Darren Woodley
     Role:Designer
Name : Carol Havard
     Role:Artist
     Qualify:with

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General Information

Commissioned by: Funded by Awards for All lottery grant of £4,800
Commissioned also by: South Downs Council for Voluntary Service & Newhaven Town Council
Construction period:2006
Unveiling date:01/07/2006
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Newhaven Town Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Faces north west. An 'open' male figure on 'look out' standing in a depiction of a boat. The structure stands on a square plinth, the sides of which are decorated in a pictorial mosaic with various maritime motifs. The whole is on a traffic island surrounded by a low perimeter fence.
Iconographical description:The design reflects the town’s maritime history.
Inscription:Steel plaque, black painted incised letters:

The ‘Look Out’ was designed
by Darren Woodley (aged 12)
Manufactured by GW Ironworks.
With thanks to:-
Newhaven Town Council, South Downs CVS,
NCDA, Travis Perkins, Tideway School,
Newhaven Fort and Awards for All.
Unveiled by Mayor Rod Main on
Saturday 1st July 2006

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Composite
Object type1:Statue
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Standing

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Object Parts

Part 1:Sculpture
     Material:Galvanised steel
     Height (cm):350
     Width (cm):165
     Depth (cm):100
Part 2:Perimeter fence
     Material:Galvanised steel
     Height (cm):72
     Width (cm):300
     Depth (cm):302
Part 3:Pedestal
     Material:Concrete with pictorial mosaic
     Height (cm):46
     Width (cm):157
     Depth (cm):157
Part 4:Base
     Material:Paving slabs
     Height (cm):15
     Width (cm):270
     Depth (cm):270

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     Condition 2: Previous treatments
     More details:Grouting on base eroding. Rough, previous repairs evident. Paint on upper part of pedestal almost completely peeled away.
Date of on-site inspection:09/02/2008

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History

History:‘Newhaven Sculpture Project
On Saturday 1st July, Newhaven celebrated the unveiling of the new sculpture in Fort Road with a mini youth music festival on the West Quay. This project was truly ‘made in Newhaven’ as the design idea came from a local young person, the mosaic plinth was created by local people and the sculpture was manufactured by a local people and the sculpture was manufactured by a local industry. Jackie Blackwell from SDCVS came up with the idea as a way of encouraging young people to participate in the regeneration of their town. The project was funded by Awards for All and developed in partnership with Newhaven Town Council, GW Ironworks, NCDA and the YDS.’
(‘South Downs View’, the newsletter of South Downs Council for Voluntary Service)

‘New Sculpture Unveiled
The winning sculpture in the recent design competition for young people was unveiled by the Mayor on Saturday 1st July in its new permanent home at the junction of Chapel Street and Fort Road. The unveiling was the climax of a special festival for young people called “Exposed”. The Mayor, Councillor Rod Main, led a lively parade around the sculpture, followed by people putting into practice some of the steps learned during a samba workshop held to celebrate the occasion. The sculpture was designed by Tideway school pupil Darren Woodley who won the competition to design a sculpture to reflect the town’s maritime history. There were eleven entries in all from local young people, many of which were of a very high standard. Local residents were invited to choose their favourite, and over 100 people came to the Town Council offices to register their choice. Darren and his friend Craig Marsom helped local firm G W Ironworks to turn his winning design into reality. The sculpture is a striking abstract form of a figure in a boat, or possibly a crows nest, constructed in heavy gauge steel. Many local people, both young and old, helped to make the mosaic plinth for the sculpture at a series of workshops led by local artist Carol Havard, including one at the Fish Festival at the end of May. The site for the sculpture had become available after the town’s war memorial was moved to the Memorial Gardens site at South Way to join the Canadian and Maritime Memorials there. The whole event, from the cost of the sculpture itself to the workshops supporting it and the festival event on 1st July, was funded by an Awards for All lottery grant of £4,800. The winning design had to be approved by the highways authority to make sure that it wouldn’t obscure the views of drivers at such a busy road junction. It is for this reason that the sculpture is high up on a plinth. The project was co-ordinated by Jackie Blackwell of South Downs Council for Voluntary Service. Partners in the project were Newhaven Town Council, Newhaven Community Development Association, Art Techniques, G W Ironworks, Topps Tiles, Tideway School, Newhaven Historical Society, Newhaven Fort, Youth Development Services and Starfish Youth Music’.
(Newhaven Town Council Newsletter, Issue 3, July 2006)

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:South Downs View: the newsletter of South Downs Council for Voluntary Service
     Article:79
     Type:Newspaper
     Page:1
     Publisher:South Downs Council for Voluntary Service. Lewes.

Source 2 :
     Title:Newhaven Town Council Newsletter
     Article:3
     Type:Newspaper
     Publisher:Newhaven Town Council.


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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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