Call for artists to design Isle of Man sea wall panels

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Three artists will design five artwork panels on Douglas Promenade

Manx artists have been invited to design artworks for a concrete sea wall to protect against flooding.

The Department of Infrastructure and Isle of Man Arts Council project will feature three artists' designs on Douglas Promenade.

The project is part of a broader movement to promote public artwork.

Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall said it would build on recent collaborations with local artists and councils in the capital.

Construction of the £900,000 sea wall was due to start on Monday but will now begin in February, the department confirmed.

'Sense of Identity'

In the initial phase the panels will be built within two sections of the seawall between the Marine Terminal and the Bottleneck Pump Station and between the War Memorial and the Empress Hotel.

The arts council said artists' submissions should reflect Manx culture or relate to the surf and the nearby marine environment, and the materials chosen should be weather-resistant and have a 50-year lifespan, such as ceramics, natural stone, concrete or cast stone.

Subject to future approvals, a further section of the project from the Empress Hotel to the end of Queen's Promenade Gardens could be built and future commissions could be made, it added.

Claire Christian MHK, political chair of the arts council, said public art „immortalises an area's strong sense of identity, enhancing individuality and character”.

Artists have until March 30 to submit reality.

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