Share your ideas on new clocktower's artwork in Keynsham

Published on: 04 Oct 2014

The artist who will create a clocktower as a new centrepiece for Keynsham has begun holding workshops for residents to “fill in the details” of the artwork.

Sebastian Boyesen, who won a public vote on the project with his colourful glass tower, is now inviting residents to open “meet the artist” sessions where they can share ideas and memories to shape the design of each of the panels on the clocktower.

Lisa O’Brien, chair of the Arts Advisory Group, which is overseeing the project, said: “Bring your memories, photographs and ideas along to share with him. Remember this is not just about Keynsham’s past, it is also about the present. What is special to you about our town?”

The open sessions will take place on Wednesday, October 15, from 4-7pm upstairs at the Key Centre in the High Street and on Monday, October 27, from 10am-1pm at Community@67 in Queens Road.

Plans for the clocktower have been submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council. During consultation, Keynsham Town Council backed the proposal while the authority’s senior archaeology officer raised concern over the depth of the tower’s foundation and called for an assessment on the impact on archaeological deposits below. A decision is expected at the start of October.

Meanwhile, plans to create a timeline of the town’s history on Bath Hill Steps is progressing well, with local schools each given a period of history to focus on with artist David Mackie.

Research for the project has been provided by Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society and Keynsham Civic Society, and the timeline is expected to be complete by next spring.

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