The piece of art, named the ‘Bembridge Wave’, has been installed at Lane End thanks to the Bembridge Village Partnership. The partnership were successful in being awarded nearly £4,000 by Down to the Coast, an organisation that celebrates coastal arts, to help fund the project.
Sculptor Kenneth Prust has positioned the installation in such a way that the lifeboat station can be viewed through the arch of the wave. Interestingly, the material used for the Wave began its life as part of the water main beneath the ground of Bembridge and was secured from Southern Water by the artist.
Over the past few months, children from Bembridge Primary School have been taught about the art of sculpture through a number of sessions making their own sculpture creations with Kenneth. Some of the children were present at the unveiling today.
At the tail end of 2018, a special time capsule was buried in the foundations of the sculpture. Included within the capsule are historical reference books of Bembridge, knitted poppies from the Armistice Commemoration, digital photos of the village – old and recent – on a USB memory stick and a Village Partnership crest.
As part of the project, a competition took place last year seeking local artists to paint a mural that encapsulates the wave theme on unattractive walls facing out to sea. John Keyworth, Operations Manager of Bembridge RNLI and Guy Willing, Coxswain of Bembridge Lifeboat, judged the entries. It was a difficult decision to chose the winner but it was Verena Sparrow, a local artist, who won the competition.
The Village Partnership have thanked Shelia Weedall, Ken Prust, Bembridge Primary School, Verena Sparrow, Bembridge Green Towns, Men in Sheds, Bembridge RNLI, Parish Lengthsmen, Greg from Weavers, the Coastal Gardener, Brewers and East Wight Landscape Partnership Down to the Coast.