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Octopus

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Lyndhurst Road
Town:Worthing
Parish:Worthing
Council:Adur District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN11
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Object setting:Inside building
Access is:Public
Location note:Worthing Hospital, ground floor corridor, Children's Centre
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:171
Grid reference:J1
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 : Anna Biddulph
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust Art in Hospitals Project
Construction period:c2003
Installation date:2003
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Wall-mounted figure of an octopus, constructed from plastic tubing and suckers.

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Classification

Categories:Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Body and tentacles
     Material:Greenish blue ready made plastic tubing with blue and red suckers. Mounted on chicken wire frame
     Width (cm):95
Part 2:Eyes
     Material:Metal

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:08/05/2008

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History

History:‘PILL packets, chicken wire, wet suits and wooden pegs are now on display on the walls of Worthing Hospital’s children’s centre. The materials have been used by textile sculptor Anna Biddulph, pictured above, to produce nine wild animal sculptures to entertain the hundreds of children who visit the centre each year.’
(Worthing and Southlands Hospitals Annual Review 2003/4)

'Animal magic
Pill packets, chicken wire, wet suits and wooden pegs are on display on the walls of Worthing Hospital's children's centre. The materials have been used by textile sculptor Anna Biddulph to produce nine wild animal sculptures to entertain the hundreds of children who visit the centre each year. The artist was commissioned to produce the work by consultant anaesthetist Roger Edwards.
Three life-sized penguins made from an old wetsuit and held together with spoon handles and chicken wire now decorate the wall of the outpatient waiting area. Other exhibits include a shoal of butterfly fish made from pill packets and sequins, metre-tall skeletal sea horses, a jellyfish mobile floating above the baby weighing area and a circle of colourful crocodiles made from clothes pegs.
Mr Edwards said: ''I knew immediately when I saw Anna's work that it was right for the children's centre. We were determined to create a relaxed, fun area so our patients would be relaxed and comfortable.'' Anna lives in Brighton and trained at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. More information about her work can be found at www.wildsculptures.com
(Brighton Argus Wednesday 4th Jun 2003.)

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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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