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Butterfly artwork to be unveiled at Chichester Canal Basin


Artwork in the form of elegant butterflies is set to be unveiled at Chichester Canal Basin on Friday 15 November. The artwork was commissioned by Chichester District Council to complement the canal basin's new residential development. Local schools contributed to the design of the artwork.

The four butterfly sculptures, designed by artist Steve Tomlinson, have wings incorporating recognisable features from the city.

One butterfly incorporates the history of the city with aspects of the cathedral and the Market Cross, two of the others represent the leisure and working aspect of the canal. The fourth takes inspiration from the canal basin wildlife.

A curved bench commemorating John Rennie, the engineer who designed and constructed the canal, is also incorporated into the design.

The piece of artwork was funded from developer contributions from Linden Homes specifically for new public art.

The Canal Basin Liaison Group oversaw the project and set up a selection panel. Members of the panel included Chichester District Councillor Pam Dignum, Linda Wilkinson, chairman of the Canal Trust, a representative from the residents' association, and the head of art at Chichester High School for Girls.

Councillor Pam Dignum, who is part of The Canal Basin Liaison Group, says: "The aim is to enhance the area and it is something special that will remain as a key landmark in the city for many years to come."

"It is fantastic that local residents were able to influence this artwork. It is a very clever design which celebrates both the history of the canal and wildlife, as well as the city. We are looking forward to unveiling the finished piece in November."