Seaside artwork is set to have life of its own

COASTAL Currents is entering its final week, but there is still much to delight the festival-goer.

St Leonards is set to have a new seaside sculpture this weekend.

My Heart belongs to Hastings is a public art commission by Strange Cargo, a sculpture which will be composed of hundreds of decorated padlocks resembling rope-grown mussels or fronds of seaweed.

The installation will constantly grow in size and change shape as people continue to attach their own decorated locks to the artwork.

It will be installed on the beach near Bottle Alley, opposite Warrior Square and unveiled on September 23 at noon.

Members of the public are invited to get involved at one of two workshops to be held at Stade Hall today (Friday) at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Bring your own padlock but materials for decorating will be supplied.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “I think it’s an exciting idea, and will bring people to the town to take part.

“We want to encourage the public to get involved right from the start by attending one of two workshops to decorate a padlock, which can then be added to this exclusive artwork.

“We hope it will then become a permanent sculpture, and grow with time, as visitors add to it.

Also this weekend festival-goers can involve themselves in the 10 x 10 Project, an ever changing display of 100 objects, at Stade Hall.

Tomorrow (Saturday) between 5pm and 8pm, visitors can bring along an object of their own and swap it for one on display.

The only rules are, one swap per person, and the item must fit in the display space (14.5cm x 14.5cm).

It was originally created by Kate Murdoch in response to a call for art around the theme of trade and currency, and raises the question of what an object is worth.

The full Coastal Currents programme can be found at www.coastalcurrents.org.uk.