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Silica artwork

Silica, an exciting new public artwork, arrived at Big Lamp Corner, Weston-super-Mare in 2006.

The illuminated spire for the 85ft (26m) structure was craned in on Sunday 12 November 2006.

Designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, Silica was the final part of the £1m redevelopment of Big Lamp Corner and formed the part of the £11m improvement plan for the town centre called the Civic Pride Initiative.

The structure's spire contains thousands of glass bulbs which are lit by LED lights. These can be lit up with various colours and spectacular lighting combinations.

The structure incorporates a bus shelter and kiosk in its base and a moving band of text, used to display messages and public information.

The project cost £280,000 and was funded through bodies such as the South West Regional Development Agency, Weston Regeneration Partnership, Weston Tourism and Weston Town Council as part of a wider series of improvements across the town.

The ongoing improvements to the town centre, including Big Lamp Corner, came from us successfully bidding for and winning funding from the Civic Pride Initiative.

The funding totalling £11m could only be allocated to these projects.

The overall aim being to increase the attractiveness of the town to major investors, visitors and residents alike in order to boost the local economy.

For more information contact our Regeneration Manager.