unveils new-look 8ft living sculpture at Highbridge's Apex Park
at Sedgemoor District Council are working with Highbridge's Friends
of Apex Park and Weston College to design and install a new living
sculpture in the park.
In March, Burnham-On-Sea.com first first
reported on the initial draft of the living sculpture design
when the organisers began inviting feedback.
feedback was received through the formal consultation process,
and concerns were also raised through informal channels such as
on social media, with the majority of any negative feedback focussed
on the draft designs' appearance.
ensure the final sculpture is as visually appealing as possible
- whilst accepting the sculpture will be a living habitat for
plants and wildlife and therefore being outside the boundary of
traditional art - the organisers have issued an updated version
of the design.
The 8ft living sculpture will be located on the grass mound at
Apex Park, on the Parsons Road side of the park.
Ecologist Pete Grainger told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The refreshed
design offers a more obvious kiln-like appearance with darker
glazing on the bricks, hanging plants to introduce wildlife and
greenery straight from installation and a straighter top to the
is crucial that the refreshed design will continue to provide
a habitat and haven for wildlife, especially the dwindling bee
and insect populations and provide an opportunity for nesting
sites for mason and leaf cutter bees that lay their eggs in cavities
in walls and trees."
sculptures appearance will be reminiscent of a clay flowerpot
filled with plants. It will also encourage insects such as lacewings
and beetles to make their home here. Over time mosses and lichens
will make themselves at home in all the nooks and crannies not
only on the base but all over the sculpture."
Parks Officer added: "Alongside the living elements the key
inspiration for the sculpture has been drawn from the areas old
"The design and an accompanying interpretation board will
help to remind park visitors of the local heritage regarding the
huge brick industry in the area."
were not looking for a traditional sculpture with this project
but something a little more inspiring in relation to the areas
history and the need for the sculpture to house plants and wildlife."
have listened to the feedback and reviewed the design accordingly
and hope to have works starting on-site in the summer after Playday."
The sculpture will cost £800 and will be funded from Sedgemoor
District Councils Parks budget.