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McChesney wins Regent Street contest with 'fork' fish

[FIRST LOOK] Ian McChesney has won the competition to design a ‘major work’ of public art in Heddon Street, off Regent Street, central London

Made up of more than 1700 forks, the architect’s fish-shaped sculpture was selected ahead of proposals by The Office of Subversive Architecture (OSA) and sculptor Nick Turvey.

Entitled ‘Swimmy’, a name taken from the title of a classic children’s book written in 1963 by Leo Lionni,- the artwork has been designed ‘to promote the street as the food quarter of Regent Street’.

McChesney said: ‘The commission was orchestrated by Plan Projects who have drawn up a public art plan for the street. My proposal is to lay up a beautiful configuration of over 1700 forks in a shape that is redolent of a large fish.’

The scheme’s delivery is dependant on Section 106 funds from a nearby development being brought forward by the Crown Estate.

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