Sculpture for Budleigh Salterton beach?

PUBLISHED: 09:15 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

A FIFTEEN-foot-high pebble-filled sculpture set in formaldehyde to celebrate the Jurassic Coast has been proposed for Budleigh Salterton seafront. Otterton artist Christine Lee, on Monday night, approached the town council with her ideas for a metal

A FIFTEEN-foot-high pebble-filled sculpture set in formaldehyde - to celebrate the Jurassic Coast - has been proposed for Budleigh Salterton seafront.Otterton artist Christine Lee, on Monday night, approached the town council with her ideas for a metal and glass sculpture - part of a project to mark the area's historic pebble beds.The artist's best known work is a 16-foot-high fountain in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, which the Queen unveiled in 1996.The artist said, if her idea got the go ahead, she planned to ask a member of the royal family to inaugurate the town's sculpture.The design would be made up of three glass leg sections filled with pebbles set in formaldehyde - so the colour of the stones was retained.On top would be a shallow bronze basket with a solar cell, which the artist said would enable any collecting rainwater to spill out and form icicles when the weather turned cold. There would be a bronze axe head above, surrounded by glass.Ms Lee hopes to site her work opposite Marine Court on the beach.She said: "My aim is to involve the people with its manufacture and the collection of the stones."It's going to be about the Jurassic Coast and Budleigh Salterton - and the special things about Budleigh Salterton." It is believed the sculpture would cost around £80,000 - funding is being sought from local companies.Ms Lee said Lord Clinton, who owns the land, had given his permission for the sculpture, but planning permission would be needed from the district council.Ms Lee hoped the town council would accept responsibility for keeping the sculpture clean with twice-yearly washes.l Have your say on this story at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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