A new piece of public art has recently been installed at the Velmore Centre in Chandlers Ford, providing the the finishing touch to the new facilities that were opened last month.
The artwork, which is affixed to the roof of the Velmore Centre, depicts 80 stainless steel Doves-in-flight with inscriptions and graphics incorporated into the wings of the Doves. The designs for the wings have been created by local people.
The project to create the Velmore Centre was a partnership between the Velmore Church, Eastleigh Borough Council and First Wessex, with Eastleigh Borough Council taking the lead.
The public art was commissioned in 2011, with a £50K budget, and the aims of the project stated to be;
- To contribute to the creation of a distinctive and unique identity for the church / community facility.
- Enhance the sense of community and raise perceptions of the estate both locally and further afield
- Deliver a public art scheme on site that is accessible to the residents and integral to the design of the church / community facility
- Fulfil developers’ obligations for public art on the site and discharge the public art condition
The “public art condition” was one of the benefits that were negotiated [under section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990] when the plans for the Velmore redevelopment, the replacement of First Wessex’s inadequate housing stock with a higher density of modern affordable housing, were approved in October 2009.
The £50k funding for this project has been provided by the developer, First Wessex.