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New location for river sculpture

Cardigan quay (Teifi Estuary Project)
The art work was planned for Prince Charles Quay in Cardigan

A floating sculpture which was to be built on a Ceredigion quayside is being switched to another site upstream.

Cardigan is one of seven areas in the UK chosen to host artwork as part of Channel 4's Big Art Project.

Prince Charles Quay in the town had been suggested as a location for the art, but it will now be built in an area up-river called the Strand.

The new site is seen as more "practical" and "suitable" for the planned interactive floating sculpture.

Nearly 100 people attended a public meeting to discuss the plans and backed the proposal to alter the location.

A feasibility study found that the newly-renovated Prince Charles Quay may be unsuitable for the sculpture.


People behind the scheme in Ceredigion said initial findings seemed to suggest the Strand could prove to be a more suitable location.

Bafta award-winning artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has been commissioned to produce the sculpture in Cardigan, which is thought to be worth about 500,000.

Mr Lozano-Hemmer said: "The meeting was called in response to a number of issues concerning the practicalities of situating an ambitious art installation on the Teifi River.

"I was overwhelmed by the positive show of support from those in attendance for this project and I will ensure that this will be a great result for the town and people of Cardigan."

Ceredigion MP Mark Williams welcomed the development.

"Moving the artwork to the Strand answers many of the navigational concerns that were originally raised," he said.

"It also brings with it the opportunity of regenerating that part of the river-front which is now in even more need of a face-lift, now that the Prince Charles Quay project has been completed."

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