A SERIES of public outdoor art exhibitions are set to takeover a public space in Bournemouth – starting with a shipping container packed with a dystopian model village experience.
GIANT OFFSITE will launch at the Triangle with the arrival of Jimmy Caugty's ESTATE artwork.
The outdoor installations are being delivered by the team at town centre gallery GIANT, with sponsorship from BCP Council.
Artist Stuart Semple, founder of GIANT, said: “I'm so excited to be able to bring world-class contemporary art to Bournemouth it's amazing that the council are supporting this to happen because I know art in public space can have a massive impact on community.
"I've always believed art should be for everyone and having free art accessible in the Triangle is a huge step towards that.”
ESTATE features four abandoned concrete tower blocks at 1:24 scale – all housed in a single 40 foot shipping container.
Collectively known as ‘Iceni Heights,’ each tower serves a different function.
Each and every room inside the blocks has been “painstakingly vandalised" and viewers can peek inside where TVs flicker with a rolling news station put together especially for the installation.
So far the installation has been to Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It will visit Bournemouth as part of this year's Festival Coast Live! series of events.
Cllr Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council's portfolio holder for culture and vibrant places, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with GIANT Gallery, bringing art installations into the Triangle over the spring and summer, engaging with the public and reaching new audiences. Jimmy Cauty's ESTATE is going to provide a dramatic and provocative start to this exciting public art programme, part of Festival Coast Live which launched last year.
“The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region is blessed with outstanding artistic talent and, working with the Cultural Compact, we are developing support for artists and cultural organisations to help shape local arts provision for people to experience and be inspired.”
Bournemouth-born artist Mr Semple opened GIANT, a 15,000 square foot gallery, in Bobby's last summer.
His aim to bring a range of international artists to as broad an audience as possible takes a step forward with GIANT OFFSITE as the art goes outside the walls of the gallery.
ESTATE will be in situ in the Triangle from March 1 until April 3.
The full programme for GIANT OFFSITE is set to be announced soon.