Charm of a tacky sports trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:20 15 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

Is Budleigh Salterton Town Council seriously contemplating the installation of a contemporary piece of sculpture on the seafront (as reported Budleigh Journal, October 30). If so, I wonder if the design being considered is really the best that any local

Is Budleigh Salterton Town Council seriously contemplating the installation of a contemporary piece of sculpture on the seafront (as reported Budleigh Journal, October 30). If so, I wonder if the design being considered is really the best that any local artist can come up with. For an area of outstanding natural beauty, the proposed sculpture has, in my view, all the charm of a tacky sports trophy (just a bit bigger). At present, all we have to go on is a rather scrappy sketch of the sculpture - a three-legged, glass tower stuffed with pebbles and crowned with a bronze axe-head... it's got to be a joke, right?If this is a serious proposal, I would have to say the design, as outlined in your paper, falls far short of what this site deserves, devoid of any real sculptural quality and looking like something I'd expect to find in a shopping mall. Henry Moore or Barbara Hepworth it most certainly is not. In fact, I know GCSE art pupils who could produce something of greater worth than this vulgar half-baked offering.Public art is a tricky thing to get right and, in such a sensitive site, you really do have to get it right. Ms E Fyre, (Devon-based artist and printmaker).


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