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Rickard and Di Chello win £50k Snape Maltings contest

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Artist David Rickard and architect Germano Di Chello’s ‘Myriad’ has won the competition for a £50,000 outdoor sculpture for children at Snape Maltings in Suffolk

The duo defeated Shiro Studio and sculptor Yonatan Vinitsky to win the £15,000 top prize.

Rickard and Di Chello said: ‘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.’

He continued: ‘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.’

He added: ‘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.’

Backed by Aldeburgh Music and Suffolk Coastal District Council, the project is planned to complete in time for the 69th Aldeburgh Festival which will be held at the historic arts complex in June 2016.

Judges included Aldeburgh Music chief executive Roger Wright; artist Ryan Gander; and architects Sam Price and Patty Hopkins.

Wright 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.

He continued: ‘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.

He added: ‘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.’

Constructed in the 1800s, the iconic complex was originally used for malting barley for the brewing industry but was shut down in the 1960s.

The buildings overlooking the River Alde were later converted into a concert venue for the Aldeburgh Music Festival and the complex now features several shops and restaurants.

Haworth Tompkins has completed several projects at the former maltings including a £450,000 café, a £6.5 million residential scheme and a £5.5 million creative campus.

The firm’s £155,000 Dovecote Studio rehearsal room at Snape won the 2010 AJ Small Project Award.

 

 

 

 

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