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World artists come up with ideas for tidal lagoon sculpture

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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ARTISTS from all over the world make up a shortlist of finalists chosen to create a sculpture as part of the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

More than 100 local and international artists from all disciplines and ages submitted artwork.

The winner will receive £10,000 prize money.

Lagoon chief executive Mark Shorrock said: "Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon provides a new template; a power station that creates a public amenity and has the potential for low carbon power and culture to flourish together.

"Working with international charity Cape Farewell, we have established a cultural programme to create a forum for artists, scientists and communicators to be brought together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. We have been blown away by the calibre of the submissions.

"This is an exciting initiative that we hope will lead to Swansea Bay tidal lagoon becoming a must-visit cultural destination, as well as the world's first tidal lagoon.

"Engaging artists with a major infrastructure project is one of the visions we had for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon when we set out on this journey. To see us take this first step towards that reality is brilliant."

Artists from Wales, England, Scotland, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia, Norway, France, Spain, Germany and Japan submitted ideas.

Mags Harries, Lajos Heder, Ingrid Hu, Andy Pink, Peter Wall, Timo Von Kreigstein, Vesta Kroese and Manja Van De Worp are among the names included in a short-list of finalists.

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