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The public has voted for a life-size sculpture of Daedalus to be installed at Daedalus Common. The winning design was confirmed at a Full Council meeting on Thursday 25 July.
Residents were asked to choose from a shortlist of five very different options submitted by five artists for the new Gate Guardian, which will be paid for by the National Grid.
A classic sculpture of Daedalus poised to take flight for the first time was a clear winner, attracting more than twice the votes for the design in second place and almost 50% of the total number cast.
Subject to final sign off by the Council’s Executive Committee in September, the sculpture will be installed for summer next year at the end of Daedalus Common adjacent to the Peel Common roundabout, so it will be visible from the road.
The designer, Nigel Searle, an artisan blacksmith who designs public art for Peter Clutterbuck, set out to create a sculpture that will inspire hope and achievement as well as the joy of discovery.
Executive leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, said: “The public vote for this sculpture was overwhelming. I believe it will be an inspiring landmark that will really help to make Daedalus Common a special location to be enjoyed by the whole community.”
The public has also chosen a plane design as the centrepiece for the new play area due to open at Daedalus next summer. The bespoke multi-climbing play equipment will be purpose-designed to complement its unique setting.
Find out more about the Gate Guardian at Daedalus here: http://www.fareham.gov.uk/planning/regeneration/daedalusgateguardian.aspx
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