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Hi-tech sculpture for town quay
Cardigan quay (Teifi Estuary Project)
The art work will be positioned on Cardigan quay
A Bafta award-winning artist has been commissioned to produce an interactive sculpture in Ceredigion as part of a UK-wide project.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, an electronic artist, is designing the art work for a quayside in Cardigan, which is thought to be worth around 500,000.

The town is one of seven areas in the UK chosen to host a sculpture as part of Channel 4's Big Art Project.

Mr Lozano-Hemmer is best known for using lights and shadows in his art.

Based in Montreal, Mexican-Canadian Mr Lozano-Hemmer visited Cardigan briefly in July, but will return in October with the plans for his sculpture.

It is expected to be positioned on Prince Charles Quay in an area recently renovated at a cost of 2.5m.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (picture: Public Art Wales)
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Jim Evans, who led the renovation project and also nominated Prince Charles Quay as a site for the sculpture, said no-one knew what Mr Lozano-Hemmer was planning.

"Mr Lozano-Hemmer came here to get some inspiration for his sculpture, but we won't know until he returns in October what he's planning.

"He has worked on projects in cities around the world, but he is best known for using light and shadows in his art work which are controlled by IT.

"We're not sure what he will come up with and it could be something reflected off a wall, off the floor or in the air. Each of the seven pieces of art are expected to cost about 500,000 each."

Cardigan was one of 1,400 areas around the UK which applied to take part in the project.

Wiard Sterk, executive director of Public Art Wales and curator of the Big Art Project, said: "Rafael is a highly respected artist with a fantastic international reputation."

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