Coastline a new town square, Washington Street
The first completed public realm project, a new town square designed by Simon Hitchens called Coast Line, was opened in April 2006. The space is in one of the most prominent locations in the town and forms a focal point for visitors coming into Workington, whilst providing shoppers with an area to rest, meet and chat.
Coast Line consists of twelve large sculptural seats carved and sawn from boulders of red granite locally quarried at Shap, with some seats featuring cast clear resin bases underneath. A four metre high polished granite and resin sculpture forms the centrepiece. Coast Line also incorporates a bike rack and a ‘leaning stone’.
The area is paved in three colours of granite which delineate a map of the West Cumbrian coast. Blue pinpoint LED lights pick out the ‘Coast Line’, and red LED lights illuminate the underside of the granite and resin seats.
About the Artists
Simon Hitchens is a sculptor based in Somerset who was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2005 and has had several important commissions including ‘Shining Silence’ which occupies a site opposite Harrods in London. Coast Line is Simon’s most ambitious project to date.
‘Beat It Up!‘, the drummers who performed at the official opening of Coast Line, are a Workington-based group formed by Soundwave, Cumbria’s Youth Music Action Zone. The group was trained by Hands on Rhythm.