Public art sought to accompany Gordon Young project in Kirkby

A series of public artworks is being sought as part of the redevelopment of Kirkby town centre in the North West.

R in the Knowsley Alphabet
R in the Knowsley Alphabet

The artworks will accompany the Knowsley Alphabet, a project developed last year by artist Gordon Young, who also worked on Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet, for Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park.

Knowsley Council has now issued a tender notice, worth £315 000-£450 000, for public artworks in Kirkby.

The council says, ‘The artworks could take the form of decorative paving inset into the main scheme, street furniture or other permanent high-quality interventions, which reinforce the idea of a “trail” through the town centre based on the Knowsley Alphabet concept in some way.’

It says the new artworks will also act as a connection to three ‘standalone’ artworks to be sited around Kirkby town centre.

The new artworks will also have to connect to the local area and provide enough flexibility to be tailored to reflect the area’s local history and heritage, the council says.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 14 June. For more information visit, reference 2012/S 79-130021.

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