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New sculpture set for Seaton Carew seafront

The winning sculpture – Stuart Langley’s ‘Waves’ Photo:

People living in Hartlepool will soon have a new sculpture on their doorsteps.

Councillors have unveiled details of a new sculpture for Seaton Carew. A 4 metre high work, by Hartlepool artist Stuart Langley, will be part of sea front improvements after a successful £600,000 bid to the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

Stuart, who specialises in light, neon and glass, was one of nine artists shortlisted to produce a seafront sculpture aimed at linking key areas of the town including Church Street through public art.

Stuart’s submission received over a third of the votes cast.

1,591
Number of votes cast overall

Called ‘Waves’, the artwork will be created using steel and glass to reflect the town’s strong industrial and maritime heritage, encapsulated within a circle-shaped clear cast acrylic material. It will be located on the promenade near Seaton Reach.

Stuart Langley

“I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the ongoing regeneration of Seaton Carew through the creation of an ambitious artwork which references Hartlepool’s industrial heritage and current momentum of development. “In the coming months people will have the opportunity to contribute to the final sculpture via local sea glass collections which will encourage a genuine sense of ownership of the artwork destined to be a part of Hartlepool’s cultural landscape for years to come.”

– Stuart Langley

“Over the next twelve months people will see significant investment going into Seaton Carew and Church Street and following our recent successful funding bids we are now in a position to proceed with new public art to help enhance the areas and reflect the town’s proud history.“There was overwhelming support for Stuart’s design and I look forward to it being an additional attraction at Seaton Carew.”

– Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council