Sculpture will bring art to heart of Chichester

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A project to bring art to the heart of Chichester, as part of a bid to improve the city centre image, is to start with the installation of a 5m sculpture outside the Cathedral.

The piece by Giles Penny, will be on show next to the row of trees facing Cathedral Green.

The idea by the city centre partnership, is to bring art to city-centre shoppers and residents, and is a glimpse of what could happen on a more regular basis if the partnership is successful in its campaign to become a Business Improvement District (BID).

Chairman of the city centre management partnership, Andrew Finnamore said: “The organisation I chair is trying to do things like this in the community that we have not done before, that we can do if we get the BID.

“We want you to bump into the wealth of creative talent we have in this city.”

The BID would see businesses paying a small fee each year which would be pooled together to fund improvements in the city centre. It could mean as much as £250,000 a year would be available to help fund things like Christmas lights, and improvements to street furniture.

The artwork, titled Lo and Behold, will be on the site from the end of August until November, and will be a good talking point said Chichester district councillor Tony Dignum.

“As far as I’m concerned support for the BID is a no brainer,” he said.

“The art will be an interesting talking point.”

Mr Finnamore added: “If you are coming to the city most people will go along West Street because of the Cathedral, so it’s going to be very visible.

“It’s form and title do coincidentally leave a resonance with what we are promoting.

“His work has a beauty and simplicity which I feel we can all relate to. We will all see something in this piece.”

Mr Penny has pieces in St Richard’s Hospital, and in London and he is also a regular contributor to the gallery trail in Arundel.