Corn Exchange set for artistic covering

IPSWICH'S landmark Corn Exchange is set to be literally shrouded in corn when artwork is put up in a few days time.

IPSWICH'S landmark Corn Exchange is set to be literally shrouded in corn when artwork is put up in a few days time.

Featuring a field of corn and the Suffolk sky, the commissioned piece of work will cover plastic sheeting put up while refurbishment work takes place.

Ipswich Borough Council commissioned artist Les Bicknell to transform one of Ipswich's best known buildings during the renovation work.

His striking concept of a landscape dominated by cornfields and Suffolk sky will shroud the Corn Exchange from August until spring 2009 during the £1million refurbishment project.

It is due to go up on Sunday.

Leader of Ipswich Borough, Liz Harsant, said the idea followed on from previous renovation work at the building where graffiti artists were invited to brighten up protective sheeting.

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She said: “It is a very apt design for the Corn Exchange and is something different.

“I think people using the town centre will appreciate it.

“It will be far more interesting than looking at just blank sheeting.”

Mr Bicknell's work links neatly with the history of the Corn Exchange building, which was originally used for the sale of corn.

Do you think Ipswich should have more public art? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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