Hove Plinth Campaign
Bringing new sculpture to Hove seafront.
Sculpted solar system of Hove icons will inaugurate plinth
Hove Civic Society is delighted to announce ‘Constellation’ by Jonathan Wright will be the first sculpture installed on Hove Plinth. Total funds for building the plinth are now almost finalised, which puts us in a position to seek sponsorship for the sculpture. Constellation and the plinth will be commissioned at the same time once funding for both is secured.
The sculpture is one of three final artworks chosen from submissions to our national competition in 2015 and it will be displayed on the plinth for approximately 18 months. it will be followed by " Flight of the Langoustine" by Pierre Diamantopoulo.
There are a number of reasons why we decided to make Constellation the inaugural sculpture:
• It is a perfect fit for the location, a celebration of Hove showing off its iconic features.
• It will be a collective local effort - the artist will involve local residents and groups in identifying the final set of icons for the sculpture.
• It will be produced with innovative technology.
• The production time is comparatively short - around four months.
Wright’s creative design is based on an Orrery, a mechanical model of the solar system in which elements representing planets are replaced with historic, present day and future features of Hove.
The work also incorporates elements of a ship’s compass and a film camera lens and its main structure will rest on a gimbal that allows it to move slightly, responding to environmental conditions.
The icons representing Hove will be approximately 50cm high and produced using various techniques including 3D printing and gilding.Overall, the piece will measure approximately two and a half metres in height and three meters across, casting beautiful shadows on the promenade.
The maquette (small model) of the sculpture that Hove Civic Society has commissioned is a prototype for the full-size sculpture and has eight icons chosen after preliminary discussions with local people.
These and other ideas will be reviewed through a series of workshops to arrive at a final set of icons for the full-size sculpture.
What makes Hove, Hove? This is the question that Jonathan Wright will be asking. We invite you to join in the conversation - have a look at the preliminary ideas and send your thoughts and suggestions to email@example.com.
Above: Artist’s initial sketch for Constellation with images and objects relating to Hove. Right: Initial illustrative icons used for the maquette including cricketer, regency façade, greyhound, seagull, beach hut, veteran car, windmill, chess piece.
Jonathan Wright says of his work:
“The idea for the Hove Plinth is to create a work that is part made by the local inhabitants and part made by the location itself. The role of the artist in this project is to provide a basic structure to focus the work as a whole and to guide it to fruition. The work is conceived by the public and engineered by the artist.
The notion of a constellation, a model of the planetary system, an oversized ‘Orrery’ is a perfect fit for the location. We are encouraged to look upward, consider star gazing, a sense of the universe and the place we hold in the world. The installation will involve the local community, Brighton & Hove Museums and the University of Brighton. There is therefore a widening of the audience who are normally involved in the process of delivering artwork in the public realm.
The work extends beyond its physical presence and becomes a point of reference that means many things to many people. The objects become magical, infused with meaning; a local constellation.”