Council gives £35k towards public art at Chapel Six Marshes in Lincolnshire
A LOCAL authority is contributing £35,000 towards a public art piece which accentuates the sounds of the coast.
As part of an extension to the Bathing Beauties beach hut festival, two new public art pieces have been commissioned for the coast.
One of the art pieces is a wind tower at Chapel Six Marshes, a joint venture between architects Matthew Springett and Rhys Cannon.
Visitors will go up into the tower and the sounds of the sea and the natural wind conditions will be amplif ied.
The other art piece is called Salt Licks, by Philip Hall-Patch which will be at Huttoft.
The structure will be made of white salt bricks which will weather away over time to reveal marks left by the sun, rain and sand. An application for planning permission is soon to be submitted.
The wind tower, which is currently with the planning department of Lincolnshire County Council, has been criticised after it was revealed the council are contributing £35,000 into the project.
Margaret Gray of Lincoln Road, Skegness, said: "I think that £35,000 could be better spent either on the unemployed or the youth of Skegness or some kind of all-weather facilities for families and holidaymakers.
"To spend £35,000 on something when you can just go and stand on the beach to hear the wind and the sea does not make sense to me. If they have got that kind of money to throw away then throw it at Skegness for us to do something with it."
Skegness Mayor Councillor Mark Anderson agreed the money could be better spent.
He said: "It does seem rather silly to me. All you need to do is put a shell to your ear as I did as a kid."
Peter Fender, economic infrastructure development manager, at Lincolnshire County Council said the structure's aim is to bring more tourists to the coast.
He said: "Tourism is a key industry on the coast, and all this work is about making the most of the area's cultural, historical and natural assets, in a bid to attract more visitors. Projects like this are an important element in the regeneration of our seaside resorts."
ArtsNK, has been leading a programme of community and education activities around Structures on the Edge, which incorporates the two newly commissioned art pieces as well as bathing Beauties Beach Huts, Round and Round House, Cloud Bar and the new arts space at the observatory at Chapel Point.
Nick Jones from ArtsNK said: "The scheme is a clear indication where the arts can make a positive contribution to the visitor offer, from public art to festivals.
"Just like Skegness So Festival has extended the reasons for people to visit, Structures on the Edge is about providing a year-long reason to visit the East Coast. Its success can be seen by all at the international profile it gets years after year."