know where to put public art – which cost £440k
Council chiefs have admitted they have no idea what to do with two pieces of public art which cost £440,000.
Southend Council still has no plans to re-use the Millennium Clock or the Life Lines sculpture, more than a year after the troubled artworks were removed from the town centre.
At the time, bosses said they hoped to re-install both pieces in other locations around Southend.
But they have conceded they are yet to find a suitable spot.
Nigel Holdcroft, the Tory council leader, said: “Discussions have been had with the artist regarding the re-commissioning of Life Lines.
“Consideration is being given to finding a suitable site which would provide adequate security, prominence and appropriate context for the artwork, but, to date, a new location has not been found.
“With regard to the Millennium Clock, the matter is still under consideration, but there are no immediate plans to relocate it, as a suitably appropriate site has yet to be identified.”
Life Lines, which was designed by award-winning artist Vong Phaophanit, was bought by the council in 2006 as part of the £6million Pier Hill redevelopment.
Its internal tubing was supposed to constantly change colour as an in-built computer responded to the environment around it.
But onlookers complained the plastic casing was constantly fogged up and the lights did not work.
The £50,000 Millennium Clock was installed in the High Street in 2000, but rainy weather caused frequent breakdowns.
Both pieces were removed by the council in February last year and placed into storage, at an estimated cost of £35,000.
Roger Fisher, owner of Doodahs burger bar in Marine Parade, said he had not been sorry to see the Life Lines sculpture removed.
He added: “It was in the wrong place and, though it worked intermittently at the outset, beyond that, it wasn’t a success.
“It’s a bit of a waste of money.”
From the Southend Echo