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Landscape landmarks unveiled
The creations are set to transform Lancashire's landscape

Designs for three new public art pieces to line the Lancashire landscape have been unveiled at an awards ceremony.

The landmarks include a white steel UFO-type structure, a brightly-coloured pavement and a large bronze pebble.

Morecambe-born fashion designer Wayne Hemingway presented the winning architects with awards on Tuesday.

The designs - dubbed panopticons which means a space giving a panoramic view - were chosen by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba).

Eventually, six new landmarks will be created around the county.

Theory of evolution

One of the first three to be commissioned is the large mirrored pebble called The Atom, to be constructed in Wycoller Country Park near Colne.

Designed by Bristol architect Peter Meacock, it is based on the theory of evolution and has a surface that will change over time as it is exposed to the elements.

The second artwork, Colourfields, is the creation of London-based Jo Rippon Architecture with artist Sophie Smallhorn.

Design of The Atom
The winning designs were selected by Riba judges
Colourfields is to be created on the promenade at the Cannon Battery, Corporation Park in Blackburn.

The design alludes to the Battery's origin as a quarry, and uses intensely coloured resin strips to form a lookout for the surrounding area.

Construction on these two sites is due to start in the spring.

A site for the third winner, Halo, has not yet been confirmed.

Designed by John Kennedy, of Landlab in Tockholes, Lancashire, it is a circular steel structure, 25m in diameter.

It will be covered in white photo-reflective material to ensure that it can be seen from miles around.

The Halo has a hole in its centre to frame views of the sky.

Three other panopticon designs are yet to be chosen.

Sites earmarked for the addition of a panopticon include Crown Point in Burnley, Kemple End in Ribble Valley, The Coppice in Accrington and Top O'Slate in Rossendale.

All are to be funded by the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the East Lancashire Partnership's Regional Park Programme.


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