£20,000 sculpture to commemorate Eastbourne pier fire

Coinslot Eastbourne Sculpture
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A sculpture of a twisting flame, costing around £20k to build, is to be erected on Eastbourne seafront to commemorate the pier’s devastating fire in 2014.

The design, submitted by George King Architects, was selected as the winner of a competition held by Eastbourne Borough Council, seeking ideas for a piece of public art.

The architects’ concept, ‘Forged by Flame’, is to be made of steel and damaged two pence coins, reclaimed from the fire, and will be funded by a £2m government grant to promote tourism in the region, pledged by former Prime Minister, David Cameron following the fire.

Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Services, Councillor Margaret Bannister said: “This sculpture will be a fitting tribute to the rallying spirit of residents and businesses in the aftermath, and we look forward to the artwork becoming a focal point on our award-winning seafront area.”

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