Sculpture inspired by HMS Victory planned for Waterlooville

The HMS Victory-inspired sculpture planned for Waterlooville
The HMS Victory-inspired sculpture planned for Waterlooville
  • £500,000 of developers’ cash will be spent on public art
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A ‘LIVING’ sculpture of oak and steel inspired by HMS Victory will form the centrepiece of a new town park.

Designs of public art planned for the new Berewood estate to the west of Waterlooville have been released.

It follows a design competition between leading architectural companies.

One of the proposed sculptures will act as a gateway to the development from Grainger Street.

The other sculpture, subject to final approval, will be a scale model of HMS Victory alongside a model boating pond in the new park.

The sculptures pay homage to Waterlooville’s history.

Up until 200 years ago, most of the area was covered by the Forest of Bere.

Many of Portsmouth’s ships over the centuries were built from timber collected from local woodland.

Denmead Councillor Kirk Phillips, who chairs the West of Waterlooville advisory panel that selected the artists, said: ‘We were delighted with this unique, magical and carefully-researched proposal from Wayward.

‘The artworks create intrigue that will lead to a discovery about Berewood’s history as well as being inclusive, fun, playful and romantic. Its integral community engagement programme will ensure all the community feel a part of the commission as it develops.’

The winners of the competition were a London-based collective of art, landscape and architecture professionals called Wayward.

Its project is called Grow, Grow, Grow Your Boat.

Winchester City Council, Havant Borough Council and developers Grainger PLC selected the winning scheme.

Around £500,000 will be spent on a public arts programme for the new estate, which will have around 3,000 homes when completed.

Building work is well under way and it is hoped the sculptures will be installed next year.

Heather Ring, founder of Wayward, said: ‘It presents an opportunity to create not only a living sculpture, but also a public space and destination that will truly grow with the new community.’