Hawkinge chamber art unveiled

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2004 - 04:05 PM


Stephen Turner, Regional Council Member for Arts Council England South East officially opened the Dymchurch seawall chambers on Thursday (18 November).

The three chambers, created by artist Nayan Kulkarni are part of a project, backed by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), to improve the A259 corridor and aim to help enhance links between the land on one side of the wall and the sea on the other. The chambers were built and installed by Cook Fabrications of Hawkinge.

Other initiatives include planting schemes at the Neptune Inn and New Beach Holiday Centre and a joint venture with the Environment Agency to plant native shrubs on the A259 boundary with Willop Depot.

After the opening ceremony at the New Beach Holiday Centre guests had a walking tour of the chambers which each reflect the elements of air, water and fire (lightning) in different ways.

Mr Turner said it was great that an artist with a fast-growing national and international reputation was able to work in the area.

“ I have seen Nayan’s work in Bristol and I am glad that it is not only Bristol that can benefit from his creative energy,� he said.

Nayan told guests that when he first visited the project site he could see little beyond a solid sweep of concrete.

“ It did not seem a interesting place to be. But then I went up on the seawall and everything changed. I was immediately inspired.â€?  

He praised Shepway Council for its support during the project. “It has been the best experience I have had of working with a local authority,� he said.

Left to right: Stephen Turner, Regional Council Member for Arts Council England South East; Nayan Kulkarni, artist; Cllr Carole Waters, Cabinet Member for Housing and Leisure Piran
 Cooper, Landscape Architect.