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SCULPTURES in the form of elegant butterflies are to be unveiled in Chichester next week.

The artwork was commissioned by Chichester District Council to complement Chichester Canal Basin’s new residential development.

Local schools contributed to the design of the artwork.

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

One 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.

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.’