Big thumbs up for Big Art in Cardigan

  • 4 September 2008

The people of Cardigan expressed overwhelming support for pressing ahead with the Channel 4 Big Art installation 'Turbulence' at a packed out meeting on Tuesday night at the town's Small World Theatre. The Big Art Project is an ambitious public art initiative from Channel 4 supported by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts and The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity.

With a clear mandate from those present at the open meeting of 79% in favour of the scheme the project team will now move forward to the final feasibility and technical stage based on the new proposed location at The Strand, located further upstream on the other side of the old bridge from Prince Charles Quay.

Close to 100 people were in attendance to hear Cardigan’s chosen artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer alongside curator Wiard Sterk, stakeholders in the Big Art Project and the technical feasibility team explain the details of the proposed interactive floating sculpture and respond to a number of practical queries and concerns linked to this ambitious project.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, said, “The meeting was called in response to a number of issues concerning the practicalities of situating an ambitious art installation on the Teifi River. I needed the clear consent of the people of Cardigan for me to be happy to move forward to the next stage of the project.

“I was overwhelmed by the positive show of support from those in attendance for this project and I will ensure that this will be a great result for the town and people of Cardigan. We have been given a clear and resounding ‘yes’ to my proposal for the Big Art in Cardigan and I can now look forward to delivering an art installation that Cardigan can be truly proud of.”

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For further information please contact Rhodri Ellis Owen, Cambrensis Communications on 029 20 257075. For further information, go to the Cardigan Big Art website, www.cardiganbigart.com.