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Sculpture design unveiled

An artist's illustration of Da Lightsome Buoy at Lerwick waterfront.

A FINAL design for a sculpture celebrating the role of the pelagic fishing industry in Shetland life has been chosen by the four businesses that commissioned the work.

Da Lightsome Buoy will be installed on the Lerwick waterfront in late summer.

In October last year Suffolk-based artist Jo Chapman was commissioned by fish agent LHD, Lerwick Port Authority, pelagic fish processor Shetland Catch and the Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation to design the sculpture.

The proposed artwork is based on a giant fishing buoy, which will feature text and imagery captured by the artist during conversations and meetings with the community.

The £80,000 project is supported by sponsorship from the aforementioned four businesses in association with Shetland Arts, with match funding coming from Arts & Business Scotland.

LPA chief executive Sandra Laurenson said: “The commissioning partners are delighted to have reached this point in the project and are looking forward to continuing working with Jo Chapman over this next phase of the fabrication and installation of the sculpture.”

Chapman is an established site‐specific artist who has worked on large scale public commissions for parks, colleges, a library, hospitals and housing co‐operatives, as well as the Chelsea Flower Show.

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