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River Circle

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Surrey Street
Town:Littlehampton
Parish:Littlehampton
Council:Arun District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN17
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Object setting:Garden
Access is:Public
Location note:In a garden, next to the public car park, near to the riverbank and quay
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:167
Grid reference:K4
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 : John Thomson
     Role:Sculptor
Company/Group :MJF Welding, Southampton
     Role:Builder

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General Information

Commissioned by: Arun District Council
Construction period:2004
Installation date:2004
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Arun District Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Eight curved interlocking 'jigsaw' like panels welded together to form a circle that sits on an integral base and is set into a stepped, brick base. The panels have 'cut-out' representations of various marine flora and fauna. Set into the brick base is a bronze sculptural relief that depicts similar designs.
Iconographical description:The cut-out figures represent studies of the marine life in the fresh and estuarine waters of the area.

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Classification

Categories:Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:Stepped base
     Material:Red and grey brick
     Height (cm):45
     Width (cm):420
     Depth (cm):420
Part 2:Sculpture
     Material:316L Stainless steel
     Height (cm):380
     Width (cm):380
     Depth (cm):210
Part 3:Panel set into base
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):2
     Width (cm):170
     Depth (cm):65

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:29/05/2008

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History

History:'River Circle is a commissioned sculpture located on the River Arun. The research that underpinned it involved investigative studies of marine life in the fresh and estuarine waters in this area. The commission resulted from a government initiative to revitalise a former industrial site on the banks of the River Arun, at the point where it enters the sea at Littlehampton, West Sussex. The sculpture forms the central focus of a new square, which is part of a development that has preserved the historic buildings as well as providing new housing, a Youth Hostel and a Sea Life Centre, thereby contributing to the regeneration and economic life of Littlehampton. Together with the funding bodies SEEDA and Bellways Homes, Arun District Council ran a nationally advertised competition. I submitted a detailed proposal and maquette with associated drawings, which was selected by both the panel and local community via an exhibition of short-listed candidates. Research for the imagery was undertaken in collaboration with local and national experts in the field. The sculpture was fabricated at MJF Precision Engineering in Southampton using a 316L stainless steel, which is specified for marine and hostile environments. Structural calculations were supplied by Fast Calc of Portsmouth. Research into non-traditional sculptural materials and processes is part and parcel of my ongoing involvement in public sculpture. A series of workshops with local youth groups provided the imagery for a number of permanently installed metal panels located adjacent to the main sculpture, as well as a number of large scale printed banners for a local community centre. This part of the project was designed to inform and give 'ownership' of the work to the local community. I also gave public lectures that provided an insight into technical and aesthetic aspects of the project'.
(http://casiad.solent.ac.uk/Staff/Profiles/John%20Thomson.aspx)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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