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Council axes interactive Suncloud

A piece of innovative artwork will no longer be appearing on the seafront at Worthing after a prototype revealed technical problems

Worthing Borough Council had hoped the Suncloud installation, designed by Walter Jack Studio’s in Bristol, would take centre stage in its plans at Splash Point - but concerns have been raised over its suitability.

Suncloud is made up of 33 poles topped with solar-powered lights, which are triggered when people walk underneath them, and was chosen because it was fun and visitors to Splash Point could interact with its design.

However, since testing began several months ago problems have arisen which have led to the council axing its inclusion in the project.

The issues are being resolved, but it will not be completed in time to meet the strict timetable set by CABE’s Sea Change Programme.

Despite the set back, the council still plans to include innovative and exciting public art at Splash Point.

Cabinet member for regeneration Ann Barlow said: ‘We are obviously disappointed about Suncloud still needing further testing. However, we are in a fortunate position that we have secured £500,000 of Sea Change funding for the Splash Point area. The design competition is already under way and public art could be included.’

For more information visit the Worthing Borough Council website.

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