New sculpture unveiled to celebrate the community of Moulsecoomb

A NEW sculpture was unveiled at the entrance of a new student residence.

One Moulsecoomb, outside Hillfort House on Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton brings together the names of 560 people associated with the area.

Designed by Bruce Williams, creator of the famous Kiss Wall on Brighton seafront, the sculpture aims to celebrate people from the area, from boxers, teachers and volunteers to parents, artists, children and even two cats – where every name touches its neighbor.

Bruce said: “Anyone who said their name could choose what their name looked like.

“Some let me do it, but many used their own handwriting, others chose a font they liked, so they just said bold or italics.

“Three groups of students really worked hard with tags, drawing pens and 3D pens.

“Every single one that was given to me is included, and when all the names came together in a giant grid, they worked because they are so different – so unique and so full of life.”

The Argus: The sculpture during its constructionThe sculpture during its construction

Each name has been carefully incorporated into the artwork and then laser cut in corten steel.

The outlines of the people in the structure were created from images taken by community volunteers at the Friday Friends Club in The Bevy, Moulsecoomb Community Market and Moulsecoomb Primary School.

Bruce said: “It took some time for the crowd to get the idea, but then the whole idea started to make sense.

“All 560 names of Moulsecoomb people combined in one group – One Moulsecoomb.

“All names, all different, all pressed together, supporting each other – all in one big curve, like the arches of the viaduct and like a big hug.”

The steel artwork is designed to rust and then stabilize to a rich orange-brown color.

The sculpture was commissioned by McLaren Property alongside the Hillfort House development, with the new 380-bed student housing block opening its doors next month. New sculpture unveiled to celebrate the community of Moulsecoomb

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