New art sculpture installed at Circus Street development in Brighton
A PUBLIC artwork has been installed on a new office development site.
The sculpture has been installed in the center of a new public square in Brighton’s £130million Circus Street development.
The circus-themed totem was designed by artist Christopher Baxter.
The sculpture is the second major work of art on the site after Sir Antony Gormley’s bollards, which mark the pedestrian entrances to the development.
Christopher, a multidisciplinary artist, furniture maker and designer, says he wanted to capture the ‘playful and dynamic energy of Brighton’ in the artwork.
The corten steel structure reinvents the letter of the word circus as circus artists, balancing on each other and on a ball.
Christopher, who studied sculpture at Kingston University but is a Brighton Festival supporter, said most of the fabrication was done by Artec Engineering in Portsmouth and then finished at his studio in London.
Circus Street, created by property developers U+I, offers 30,000 square feet of office space spread over six main floors.
In addition to offices, Circus Street, part of a public-private partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, has 142 new accommodation, 450 student rooms, seven retail units and a new base for South East Dance.
The project is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.