Having received more than 170 entries from artists, designers and architects, Aldeburgh Music
has now announced the winning entry in the competition to design a family-friendly viewing sculpture for Snape Maltings.
The project, which is supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, aims to attract more families with children to the Snape Maltings site on the Suffolk coast, offering a new way of viewing the stunning landscape of the Alde estuary. The winner was selected by a judging panel, informed by the views of a jury of Suffolk children. The winning design is Myriad by artist David Rickard and architect Germano Di Chello
. Rickard and Di Chello have been awarded the £15,000 competition prize and Aldeburgh Music will work with them to build and install Myriad in 2016, using wherever possible local skills and suppliers.Rickard and Di Chello said about the vision for Myriad:
‘Myriad will stand tall on the Henry Moore Lawn at Snape Maltings, holding an array of mirrors high above visitors’ heads that will bring selected views over the surrounding landscape down to earth. A wide range of views will be collected, from distant vistas across the marshes to new perspectives of the more immediate surroundings. These various viewpoints will be reflected to form a multi-perspective collage that constantly shifts as visitors move around and within the sculpture. The sculpture and the views it reflects will be able to be enjoyed from afar and visitors will also be welcome to enter on foot and wheelchair to explore the views gathered inside. Many of the high level mirrors will be complemented with reflectors below, at a child-friendly height.’
The competition judges were Ryan Gander (artist), Sam Price (engineer), Patty Hopkins (architect), Roger Wright (Chief Executive, Aldeburgh Music), Phillipa Reive (Head of Education, Aldeburgh Music) and Stephen Milligan (Area Planning and Enforcement Officer, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils). Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, said: "The judges were thrilled to receive such a large number of high-quality proposals for this design competition. It is a very exciting prospect to have the new perspective on Snape Maltings and its remarkable landscape which Myriad will bring to the site. Myriad will join the group of existing iconic sculptures there by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas and Alison Wilding. It will be marvellous to have a sculpture that is both visually breath-taking and one that has clearly captured children’s imagination. Programming more events for families is a key priority for us over the next few years and the installation of this new family-friendly work will provide another reason to visit this wonderful site."Members of the children’s jury said:
"I think the mirrors look very interesting and are an exciting idea. Walking in it and looking in mirrors is something for children to do.""Sometimes I pretend I have eyes at the back of my head and this sculpture makes me feel like I have spy glasses on. I like it. I can pretend that I am looking into the Universe."Cllr Andy Smith of Suffolk Coastal District Council said: "The children’s viewing sculpture at Snape Maltings is one of six exciting projects that Suffolk Coastal District Council is supporting as part of the Coastal Communities Fund programme, which aims to build a more robust tourism economy in East Suffolk. Myriad will be an innovative, fun and beautiful addition to the Snape Maltings site and I look forward to seeing it built and enjoyed by families from the region and from further afield."