Town's Artworks Shortlisted for Top Award

Town's Artworks Shortlisted for Top Award

Two new artworks in Sevenoaks have been shortlisted for one of the country’s most prestigious art awards.

‘Baobab Tree’ at Lullingstone Castle and ‘Breath Mirror’ at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope have both been shortlisted for the Rouse Kent Public Art Award 2007, which is given each year by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, Kent County Council and Arts Council England, South East.

Now in its 14th year, the Rouse Kent Public Art Award carries a total prize of £20,000, and will include a new category, currently in development, for the best vision proposal for a work of public art planned for a new housing development.

‘Baobab Tree’ was commissioned by Lullingstone Castle as a dramatic centre piece for the Africa border in the World Garden. Made from 51 kilometres of galvanised wire – much of which was recycled – the tree is 10ft high with branches and roots fanning out for 4-5ft. It was created by Sevenoaks-based William Jordan.

‘Breath Mirror’, which is in the new local studies area in Sevenoaks Library, is part of  the Kaleidoscope Project. The breath of those using the room is transformed by a humidifier into mist which is fanned into the projected frame. Slow moving historical images of Kent are projected onto the mist within the frame. Images of ‘ourselves’ through time, therefore, materialised through the act of our breathing. The work was created by Roddy Bell and commissioned by Kent County Council.

Other shortlisted pieces for the award are ‘The Erith Fish’ in Erith and “A Score for a Hole in the Ground” in King’s Wood, Challock.

The award’s judging panel was chaired by leading art expert Richard Cork - who recently appeared on ‘The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece’ about Van Eyck’s painting ‘The Annunciation’ on BBC2 and has written numerous art books – and included representatives from Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd; Kent County Council; Arts Council England South as well as artists and architects.

The winner will be announced at a VIP dinner at the Kings Hill Golf Club on 23rd May.

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