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Wooden sculptures add art to new homes around Felpham

WILLIAM BLAKE’S famous words have inspired new wooden sculptures around Felpham.

 

The eight art installations are being sited around the new Blakes Mead housing development.

 

They have been created by chainsaw artist Simon Groves. His designs are based on a consultation event with the community.

 

They include a tiger to reflect Blake’s poem, The Tyger, which has the opening line ‘Tyger, Tyger burning bright’.

 

Other subjects have been inspired by Felpham’s connection to the sea, nature and agriculture.

 

The artwork has been funded by contributions from the homes’ developers as part of their planning permission from Arun District Council. Its commissioning was organised by the council’s parks and greenspaces team.

 

Philippa Dart, the council’s director of services, said: “We are really pleased to be able to deliver this exciting project to the local area.

 

“Following close consultation with the community, we are sure that the sculptures will be enjoyed by everyone.”

 

Three of the sculptures will be completed at a live carving event tomorrow, next to Felpham Community Hall, in Meaden Way. The building was also provided by the developers.

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