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The Hove Plinth - an update from Karin Janzon, Project Director
Wednesday 25 March 2020

Public sculpture brings the joy of great art to everyone and can be a vital part of a city's identity and heritage. Many of you are familiar with Hove Plinth on the seafront promenade, Hove's answer to London's Fourth Plinth, currently featuring the sculpture Constellation by Jonathan Wright. This year, both East Sussex and the Sussex Area Arts Societies have supported the fund-raising for the second sculpture, Flight of the Langoustine by Pierre Diamantopoulo, which is in the process of being created.  Here Karin Janzon, Project Director, tells the story of how the project came about:

Hove has an impressive legacy of Victorian sculptures but had seen little added in the last 100 years , so in 2012 Hove Civic Society decided that it was high time to bring  some significant contemporary sculpture to the area. Inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London, the Hove Plinth project was born with the aim of installing a new sculpture plinth on the seafront promenade to showcase a changing programme of contemporary sculpture to delight and inspire residents and visitors.

Little did we realise the enormous task in front of us. It took six years of relentless determination to bring this ambitious project to fruition, starting with getting council agreement for a licence for a prime seafront site and planning permission for a high quality sculpture plinth meeting conservation area standards. It required engaging hearts and minds and support from local groups, residents and business as well as patrons and partnerships. We managed a national call for sculpture proposals and captured people's imagination with exhibitions of shortlisted proposals and extensive public involvement in selecting the first sculptures. We raised £120K, broadly in equal parts through grants, crowd funding and pro bono contributions, a major effort requiring stamina, optimism and patience. The inauguration of the plinth and the first sculpture, 'Constellation' by Jonathan Wright in 2018, was a joyous occasion, attended by hundreds of people and local school children produced art displays for the event.  Appropriately, 'Constellation' is a celebration of Hove, its design based on an Orrery - a mechanical solar system where, instead of the planets, icons representing the past and present of Hove orbit the system. 'Constellation' can be seen on our home page.

The Plinth's arrival has created a buzz of excitement. It is already referred to as a 'marker ' for Hove and is attracting residents and visitors alike to the Hove end of the seafront. The second sculpture, Flight of the Langoustine by Pierre Diamantopoulo (pictured on this page), is now in the process of being created, with fundraising, yet again a challenge.

We want the Hove Plinth sculptures to remain in the city once they have been on the plinth and are now promoting the gradual development of a new sculpture trail - or 'open air art gallery' - partly generated by these sculptures but also potentially by other initiatives and sources. We believe this will have significant benefits for the city, open up access to great art and add a major feel-good factor.