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Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition

Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition

The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition is open to students across the Isle of Wight aged 14 to 18.

Free to enter, the Competition has been 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 COMPETITION
The brief is 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.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Students can create a 2D or 3D design idea in any shape or material so 
long as it can fit on an A3 card for display purposes. 

2. Students should download and complete the application form via the link shown below.

3. Students must write on the application form the reasons behind the design idea, the inspiration, and how it meets the Design Brief. 

4. Students should submit their entries via their school, or ring Cowes Harbour Office to arrange a drop off time. 

COMPETITION RULES
1. Entry is open to all students across the Isle of Wight aged 14 to 18.
2. All entries must be submitted by 1700hrs on Friday, 11th January 2019.

JUDGES
The entries will be judged by a panel comprising:

• Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL HonFSE - Well-known gardener, presenter, poet, and novelist; also based in Cowes
• Louise Giblin MA MRBS - Award winning sculptor, originally from the Isle of Wight
• Paul Armfield - Head of Quay Arts, Newport and Island musician
• Captain Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master

EXHIBITION - WINNERS - PRIZES
An exhibition of the short-listed entries will be held prior to the Awards Ceremony, which will take place in March 2019 in Cowes when the final winner(s) will be announced.

All short-listed designers will be awarded a certificate and announced in the Isle of Wight County Press. Prizes will include a day trip to the London Design Museum, art materials, and a boat trip around Cowes Harbour.

COMPETITION DOWNLOADS
BRIEF FOR TEACHING STAFF

BRIEF FOR STUDENTS

COMPETITION APPLICATION FORM (Required)

COMPETITION POSTER A3

COMPETITION POSTER A4

COMPETITION DESIGN TEMPLATE A3 (Optional)

Breakwater usable area
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.

Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater
Cowes Breakwater

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 | chc@cowes.co.uk

Find out more about Cowes Harbour: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk

Find out more about Cowes and the Isle of Wight: visitisleofwight.co.uk/cowes



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