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Artist Alan Dun creates a sundial for canal anniversary

Kennet and Avon Canal
The 87.5 mile canal reopened in the 1950s after falling derelict

A Bath artist is helping to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet and Avon Canal with the creation of a new piece of artwork.

Alan Dun has created a new working sundial which can be found on the canal towpath near the Horseshoe Walk end of the Widcombe Flight in Bath.

Apprentice stone masons from City of Bath College are now making the stone plinth for the item.

Mr Dun's work may already be familiar to residents of Bath as he designed and made the pig for King Bladud's Pigs public art project in 2008 and the lion for the Pride of Lions in 2010.

"It's a great pleasure to be able to work on the project and help celebrate this often overlooked corner of Bath," said Mr Dun.

"The Kennet and Avon Canal is a green route through the city and a showcase of industrial heritage.

"I hope that the piece I am creating will be a welcome addition to the towpath and help people appreciate the canal now and in the future."

'Local resource'

The sundial will be officially unveiled on Saturday, 30 October, 2010.

In the run up to the unveiling, pupils from Widcombe C of E Junior School have also been working with Mr Dun to explore the canal and create their own sundials.

Sarah Brice from British Waterways said: "It's great to see that local children are getting involved with the celebrations to mark the Kennet and Avon Canal's bicentenary.

"The canal is a great local resource and offers a link to the area's past as well as being something for everyone to enjoy today."

British Waterways, Bath and North East Somerset Council, the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and the Widcombe Association are behind the artwork idea.




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