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Oyster Waymarkers

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Location

Street:Pier Road / Arun Parade
Town:Littlehampton
Parish:Littlehampton
Council:Arun District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN17
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Along the River Walkway between the 'Look and Sea! Centre' and the Oyster Pond
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

Company/Group :Littlehampton Community School
     Role:Assistant
Name : Brian Fell
     Role:Sculptor
Name : Gordon Young
     Role:Sculptor
     Qualify:and

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General Information

Commissioned by: Arun District Council
Construction period:2007
Installation date:02/04/2007
Unveiling date:11/07/2007
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Arun District Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A series of six waymarkers consisting of a low metal column with a circular metal plaque on top. The outer aspect of the plaque is decorated with a large oyster shell motif. In the centre is set a granite circle with incised letters representing a different fish recipe on each marker. This is designed so that rubbings can be taken of the recipes. The markers run along the River Walk.
Iconographical description:The waymarkers were designed and placed in this location to reflect the historical use of the Oyster Pond, which was made in the late 18th century to store the oysters brought ashore as the trade flourished.
Inscription:Each waymarker has an inscribed recipe for fish on each plaque.

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Classification

Categories:Functional, Sculptural, Free Standing, Composite, Commemorative, Animal
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Indicator
Subject type1:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Each of six waymarkers
     Material:Metal and granite
     Height (cm):100
     Width (cm):68
     Depth (cm):50

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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:'Arun to celebrate completion of two art projects with a ceremony
A ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 11 to celebrate the completion of two art projects in Littlehampton. Arun District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Graham Tyler, and Littlehampton Mayor, Dr James Walsh, will be joined by District and Town Councillors as well as pupils and staff from Littlehampton Community School (LCS) at the Oyster Pond in Littlehampton to celebrate the completion and installation of six Oyster Waymarkers along the river walkway and launch a new Seafood Recipe Book. The group will first meet at the Look and Sea Centre! and at 2.30pm follow the Waymarker trail down to the Oyster Pond where local chef Chris Strong will be cooking recipes from the book in a mobile kitchen. Samples will be available for the public to taste, and the book, called The Oyster Pond Littlehampton Fish Recipe Book, will also be on sale. The six distinctive Waymarkers are made of metal and were created by artists Gordon Young and Brian Fell to reflect the historical use of the Oyster Pond, which was made in the late 18th century to store the oysters brought ashore as the trade flourished. Gordon and Monica Pirovano produced the associated seafood recipe book, which will be launched at the event. LCS teacher Jack Ayling and a group of students created some of the recipes which also appear on the Waymarkers. Both the waymarkers – which have been designed so that rubbings of the recipe can taken off them – and the book have been made possible thanks to some of the £65,000 worth of funding from the Arts Council England, South East for the Arts and Regeneration project for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. Further funding was provided by Littlehampton Town Council. Councillor Norman Dingemans, Arun’s Cabinet Member for Economic and Cultural Development, said: “The trail really enhances this already beautiful walkway. It reflects and promotes the local identity of Littlehampton and we have had very positive feedback from many people. “The arts and regeneration project aims to improve the visual environment contributing towards regeneration and a sense of identity and community within both towns. This project is an excellent example of the strength of partnership working.” Arun’s Chairman will officially hand the Waymarkers to the Town Council, which will now be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep.
Littlehampton Town and District Councillor Mark Butler said: “This has been one of the best projects that I have worked on as a Councillor. The sense of community has been immense. Working with the artists and having the enthusiasm of LCS pupils has been excellent.” Gordon Young spent a day with the students and staff at Littlehampton Community School last year as they worked with and cooked various types of locally caught fish, making recipes, drawings, poems and other written work. They will be at the event on July 11 to see their ideas brought to life. Sara Hopkins, Community Liaison Manager for Littlehampton School said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for the students and teachers to work on the project and really have an input into the material that forms part of the recipe book. It is a great example of the way in which the students can get involved in work outside of the school and contribute to a wider community project.” The £65,000 funding from the Arts Council was secured after a successful bid by the Council’s Economic and Cultural Development Team to fund art works in the two towns. The waymarker trail is just one of several projects in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis that will be funded by the grant. Further funding for the project is also being provided by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Town Councils, Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council, Single Regeneration Budget, Bognor Regis Town Marketing Group and Littlehampton Town Centre Action Group. Other parts of the projects include the new Bognor Regis weather station railings, on the corner of the park on Waterloo Square opposite the Pier. The book is available to buy at various outlets around the town, including Littlehampton Town Council.
(http://www.arun.gov.uk/cgi-bin/buildpage.pl?mysql=3904)

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




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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