Artist reveals vision for new Keynsham artwork

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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Keynsham residents can get their first look at designs for a striking new artwork that could take pride of place in Keynsham's new town centre.

The tall, galvanised steel structure designed by artist Seamus Staunton, would feature several stems, each bearing a coloured “trumpet” on the end,  and designs for the piece are now on display at Keynsham Library for public feedback.

Mr Staunton said his recent walking tours of the town with residents had revealed three themes that people felt were important – the architecture, landscape and archaeological history of the town, while the Memorial Park and the town’s links to water were also prominent.

Unveiling his design to the town council, he explained how it drew inspiration from the pillars of St John's Church, the trees in the park, the cow parsley found under Echo Bridge and reflected the water theme with the way it rose up into the air.

From his discussions with local people he said: “The piece of work has got to have the character of a hub in the way the clock tower did, most of the work needed to be in the air, with a presence picked up from some distance away.”

The issue of a replacement clock was raised by councillors, however, with Councillor Tony Crouch pointing to the findings of a previous focus group which was “quite clear a clock should be part of the structure”.

He added: “There has to be a clock somewhere within that development for the public to use.”

Now it is residents’ turn to give their feedback on the first part of the arts project. A second tranche of funding will also be available for another arts piece, which could be a clock, town trail or other project, and the community can share their views.

Mr Staunton's ideas are on display at Keynsham Library, during regular opening hours, until Friday, August 16, where anyone who shares their thoughts on the project could win one of five signed prints featuring the design.

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