New public artworks being installed at Lydney Harbour

The designs for two new works of art, due to be installed at Lydney Harbour, have been revealed – representing the change in the harbour’s use from industrial to leisure and linked with a walking trail.

The designs for two new pieces of public artwork to be installed at Lydney Harbour have been revealed.

Artists Denman+Gould, commissioned to design the pieces, released images of their preliminary ideas on Tuesday 23 February 2021.

The first installation is set to be on the A48 roundabout at the top of Station Road in Lydney and will feature a ‘visually striking and aesthetically beautiful circular band of colour that orbits the entire roundabout’ – using colours inspired by the geology of the River Severn and the Forest of Dean.

The second installation will be a platform providing panoramic views of the River Severn, with artwork inspired by technical drawings of a former railway turning circle close to the proposed site.

The two pieces, which are both circular, will be linked by a walking trail along the old railway line to create a literal and metaphorical turning point in a journey, said to represent the change in Lydney Harbour’s use from industrial to leisure.

Denman+Gould said: ‘It’s been a real honour and privilege to start work on such a fascinating project, Lydney has become a place very close to our hearts. We hope our work at the harbour will support this use for years to come and become a much-loved part of this special place. A place to meet and dream.’

The artworks form part of the £2.1 million Lydney Harbour project, funded by the Coastal Community Fund.

The Lydney Harbour project has already seen the site’s former store and mortuary converted into public toilets and a new visitor information centre, with plans to create a new modular café, resurface roads, install a pedestrian walkway and new mooring points too.

The artwork designs will be refined before their installation at Lydney Harbour later this year.

By Chloe Gorman

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Wednesday 24 February 2021

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