Edward Street Quarter is a new 300,000ft² mixed-use development in Brighton, UK, inspired by Brighton’s eclectic street scene and includes the introduction of 130 new trees and 45 plant species in three new public spaces created by renowned landscape designers Spacehub. Commissioned to develop the public art strategy as part of the 106 condition the project developed a 'Fisher-folk' fishing theme and narrative following research into the area’s rich local history and in engaging with local residents, historians and stakeholders.
Three public art pieces were commissioned following a robust call for Expressions of Interest and shortlisting process with an extensive panel that included stakeholders, local residents, local government and the design team:
• Neptune by local artist Cosmo Sarson is a giant ceramic rendition of the Roman God installed on the west-facing façade looking down Edward Street.
• Whale Bones by Spanish artist Casto Solano (SolArt) is a series of 'bones' rising from the ground as part of the south-side gateway and where visitors, and residents, can see there reflections as if underwater on the polished stainless steel undersides.
• The Net by local artist Bruce Williams who redesigned the central square groundwork as a giant fishing net with embedded star designs by local primary school children through workshops designed by Daniel Locke and Hannah Chater.