Ipswich: University’s controversial �200,000 question mark sculpture starts to take shape

IPSWICH: Work will continue today on the installation of a controversial piece of public art at the Waterfront.

Diggers have moved in to site the �200,000 question mark sculpture outside University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

Following The Evening Star’s front page exclusive on the cost of the art work, questions have already been raised over whether the punctuation mark is a frivolous waste of cash or money well spent.

Some have argued whether the money could have been better invested elsewhere, especially given the current economic climate.

But the university said it was duty-bound to commission the sculpture because it formed a condition of planning consent for the Waterfront buildings.

The artwork, which will be unveiled later this month, is made from black and white granite and steel and is intended to link the university’s northern and southern sites.

The sculpture has been financed by the university and grants of �75,000, from Art Council England, and �25,000, from Ipswich Borough Council.

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The outlay comes after UCS announced in June it would be hiking its tuition fees to �8,000 for Bachelor degrees and �7,500 for Foundation degrees.