Low Carbon: Future Flower by Tonkin Liu gets the all clear for Widnes Waterfront
A PROPOSAL to install an automated self-powered steel sculpture in the form of a gigantic flower, which will dominate Widnes Waterfront, has been given the all-clear.
Members of Halton's development control committee approved a planning application for the 15m-tall artwork at Widnes Warth, which is likely to cost ÃÂ£125,000.
The dynamic structure will feature perforated metal petals which will glow in different colours as they flutter in the breeze.
The sculpture's lighting will be powered by in-built wind turbines.
Designer Anna Liu, director of design agency Tonkin Liu, who was selected by Widnes Waterfront bosses after a six-month search, believes the structure will become an art work of 'regional significance'.
From a distance the sculpture will disappear and reappear in the mist marking the horizon above the Mersey Estuary
If NWDA funding is secured construction work will be completed by this autumn.
Cllr Tony Mcdermott, Halton Council leader, said: "People are often cynical about pieces of public art.
"But we see this piece, coupled with the extensive public art programme as making a real difference to the environment.
"The Future Flower demonstrates growth, civic pride and our belief in the area.
"To the thousands of people that work in the area and the thousands that will view it from other vantage points in Widnes, it will hopefully resonate change and an emerging future for the entire borough."
The picture shows an artist's impression of the Future Flower, which will tower 15m above the Widnes Waterfront.