North East Lincolnshire Council

Immingham artwork forges forward

After a neck and neck race, Immingham Forging Forward has been revealed as the winner of the popular vote.

Two artists put forward their concept designs for a new piece of artwork in the centre of Immingham.

After two weeks of voting, the results are in, and Immingham Forging Forward has been revealed as the winner of the public vote.

Scotland-based sculptor Alisa Magnus was one of the shortlisted artists, but in the end it was Lincolnshire’s own Pete Rogers’ who captured the public’s imagination.

The artwork is a timeline of panels showing important moments in Immingham’s history and future, and the bow of a ship incorporating panels displaying community images.

The winning design represents a ships bow, forging into the future while also celebrating the importance of shipping to Immingham throughout history. It’s based on an earlier consultation with the community about the themes and ideas people wanted to see included in the artwork.

Immingham Forging Forward incorporates seating around the base, and panels on the bow which will contain community images, informed by further engagement with the public.

Artist Pete Rogers described it as “a totem and meeting place, carrying the stories and identity of Immingham Community as seen by themselves.”

Pete has worked in the community for 20 years and has wide experience in delivering public art. He is particularly keen that the “community have as much hands-on experience as possible.”

The next step is for a series of engagement and workshop sessions, where the community will have the chance to make a mark.

The artwork will be installed by early next year and will be a strong focal point for the town centre, capturing the themes that are important to the people of Immingham.

Alex Hallowes, assistant to the project, will be appearing on Radio Humberside on Wednesday 25 July to talk about the Immingham art project.

The artwork will be installed outside the Kennedy Way Centre later this year.

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