Rock sculpture

PLENTY of rock has been put on Felixstowe seafront this summer - and now there is set to be a lot more.But this time it will not be more of the great ugly chunks protecting the beaches, but a work of art .

PLENTY of rock has been put on Felixstowe seafront this summer - and now there is set to be a lot more.

But this time it will not be more of the great ugly chunks protecting the beaches, but a work of art . . . and one you can eat.

For 30,000 sticks of colourful seaside rock are to be used to make an edible sculpture as part of the resort's popular annual Art on the Prom festival.

Internationally-acclaimed artist Bryony Graham will create the unusual work for the event, which takes place on Sunday September 3.

She said: “I live right on the seafront at Felixstowe and spend a lot of time walking along the prom and got interested in the concept of location and things that identify us culturally.

“The sculpture, which I'll create overnight on September 2, will take the form of a circular pile on the beach. The sticks will then be handed out throughout the day for people to eat.

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“There will be 30,000 pieces in total and crowds will be able to take them away so that the pile will become smaller and you then get this question of when art ceases to exist as well as issues of consumerism.”

Felixstowe's last rock maker closed some years ago, and so Great Yarmouth rock maker Docwras will be working round the clock to come up with the sticks of rock all made with “Art on the Prom” baked into the centre in the traditional style.

More than 100 artists from the region will be displaying their work along Felixstowe prom and last year the event attracted 15,000 visitors.

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