by Focus team member on 1 November, 2018
Residents will get their say about a £100,000 artwork at the Daedalus Enterprise Zone, after pressure from Jim Forrest.
Fareham Council plans to erect the artwork, funded by developers of the IFA2 electrical interchange, on new public open space facing the Peel Common roundabout.
Council officers had approved a 3-metre-high galvanised steel design portraying Daedalus – who gave his name to the former military airfield.
They rejected several other designs – without revealing details of them.
But after a meeting of the Council’s Executive, the Council is to look at other designs, and involve the public in the choice.
Jim Forrest told the Executive: ‘We consulted the public recently on the naming of a public park. We should surely consult on such an expensive, high-visibility project.’
The Council has now decided to re-examine the project, involving a wider group of people.
Since we publicised the project in Ad Lib, a respected Hill Head sculptor, who had previously been unaware of it, has been able to contact the Council and register his interest in tendering. We hope the revised process for choosing a design will enable all local artists withthe appropriate skills to take part.