A £350,000 sculpture will greet drivers heading down the relief road into Weymouth for the Olympics in Dorset. It was created by Devon-born sculptor Richard Harris .The project has received funding from Arts Council England as well as support from Dorset County Council and other groups.
Mr Harris took his inspiration for the sculpture from the geology of the area and the large boulders that were discovered nearby during excavations for the road. The boulders, which each weigh between two and nine tonnes and are known as bencliff grit concretions, are supported by stainless steel pillars. It is the artist’s intention that the boulders are elevated above water ‘reminiscent of fish or a flock of birds’.
This image is currently appearing on the E&T home page in our Big Picture image carousel (halfway down the page, enjoy the scrolling), as we sit back and stroke our virtual beards in appreciation of Harris’ artistic vision. Check it out, along with other striking engineering images.
In the meantime, here’s a small preview: