New sculpture lands at Hove seafront

There’s a new artwork at Hove Plinth on the seafront and it’s a real stunner.

‘Flight of the Langoustine’ depicts life-size faceless figures flying through a steel grid and was created by Brighton-based artist Pierre Diamantopoulo who took inspiration from a discarded, mangled lobster pot he found on the beach.

Just as the pot seemed to help the crustaceans escape, Diamantopoulo said the idea could also be applied to humans, dashing for freedom.

The artist describes the white brass figures as “at once profound, frivolous and boisterous, occupying the air like a flock of birds and inspired by modern dance choreography”. You can read more about the creation process here.

pierre diamantopoulo with clay models of his flight of the langoustine sculpture

The sculpture was craned into place on Thursday 14th September and replaces the plinth’s first artwork, Jonathan Wright’s ‘Constellation’. This will have a new home at Hove Museum.

If you haven’t seen it yet and like a bit of a ceremony with music and speeches, the sculpture is being officially launched at 3pm on Sunday 17th September by mayor of Brighton and Hove Jackie O’Quinn.

Hove Plinth was inspired by London’s Fourth Plinth and was set up in 2018 to showcase the work of a range of artists over time. It’s supported by Hove Civic Society and new Hove rental village Moda Living.

Sunday 17th September; official launch at 2.30pm – 4.30pm; free
Hove Plinth, opposite bottom end of Grand Avenue, Hove, BN3 2NP

Photo credits: Pierre Diamantopoulo