Entries to the Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition have now closed. Prize winners announced: Judges charmed by the Sound of the SeaEXHIBITIONAn exhibition of competition entries will be held at Cowes Harbour Office, from 11th to 22nd February, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. All are welcome to visit.
The Competition was created to find an inspirational design idea for an iconic ‘welcome’ landmark to be sited on the Cowes Breakwater at the mouth of Cowes Harbour.
The brief was for students to create:
• An inspiring, innovative design idea;
• For a prominent and striking piece of artwork, sculpture, installation, or architectural fabrication;
• To be installed on the manmade Cowes Breakwater;
• Providing a local point of interest and landmark at the entrance to Cowes Harbour to welcome all seaborne visitors and vessels.The winning design or designs will be re-worked by an art, design and engineering team for a semi-permanent or permanent installation (finance dependent) on the Breakwater in the future.
THE DESIGN BRIEF
The initial design idea for the artwork, sculpture, or installation, should be designed to sit on the detached Cowes Breakwater located at the mouth of Cowes Harbour.
The design concept can be submitted in 2D, 3D, or digitally. Any material may be used in the design – metals, wood, composites, or recyclables.
The entries will be judged by a panel comprising:
• Alan Titchmarsh MBE - Gardener, broadcaster, writer and novelist; also based in Cowes
• Louise Giblin MA MRBS - Sculptor, originally from the Isle of Wight
• Paul Armfield - Former Head of Quay Arts, Newport and Island musician
• Captain Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master
All winners and short-listed designers have been announced in the Isle of Wight County Press
and will be awarded a certificate. Prizes will include a day trip to the London Design Museum, art materials, and a boat trip around Cowes Harbour.COMPETITION DOWNLOADS
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Figure 1: The usable area of the Breakwater (coloured yellow) measures 320 metres x 25 metres. The design will sit clear of the water during all but exceptional High Water spring tides. Click to download a PDF of Figure 1.ABOUT THE COWES BREAKWATER
The idea for a breakwater to protect Cowes Harbour from northerly winds was first thought of in 1860 by Admiral de Horsey.
Exactly 155 years later, Admiral de Horsey’s vision of a breakwater to protect the harbour was realised by Cowes Harbour Commission with the construction of the detached Cowes Breakwater.
The Cowes Breakwater was completed in 2015 and has a gravel core with around 45,000 tones of rock armour to give a finished breakwater rising 2.5 metres above High Water. ABOUT COWES HARBOUR COMMISSION
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is the harbour authority for the port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, headed up by Captain Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master.
Cowes Harbour is the economic and maritime gateway to the Island. Ferries and commercial ships enter the harbour day and night, carrying around three million passengers a year, plus goods and coaches, and nearly all the bulk shipping import and export goods for the Island, including fuel.
Cowes is also renowned as one of the world’s most famous sailing destinations. Cowes Week is the highlight of the British yacht racing calendar, and the Round the Island Race, which starts and finishes in Cowes, is one of the largest participatory events in the world.
The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition is organised by:
Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes
Isle of Wight, PO31 7AS
01983 293952 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Cowes Harbour: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk
Find out more about Cowes and the Isle of Wight: visitisleofwight.co.uk/cowes