There is a roundabout on Hastings sea front that is causing quite a kerfuffle. Please read about it here.

We now have the stick-in-the-muds who just want the rather sad looking fountain renovated and that can only be used when it isn’t windy because in those conditions cars using the roundabout think they’re in a carwash and we have David Kowitz sounding more than a little dismayed about the whole sorry affair because no-one wants the 2nd hand sculpture on offer from the Fairlight Arts Trust. I believe that Mr Kowitz is American and therefore English is not his first language so his use of the word ‘garbage’ might not have been intentionally very rude.

Anyhoo the different sides seem to be squaring up to achieve the result that absolutely nothing will be achieved accept resentments, cultural divides and fodder for the media of course. Therefore I feel that I should come up with a suggestion and save the day.


I’d commission a local steel fabricator to make a gigantic traditionally shaped lobsterpot which would be a true representation of the history of Hastings leading right up to now and it would also reference the shape of the fountain that exists at the moment.
I would then ask our local town sculptor, Leigh Dyer, …

tumblr_mk7pv99Sj91qhtqz7o1_500 Sculpture by Leigh

… to make two lobsters like this …




…  this for instance, to pop in the pot. BTW these images of lobster sculptures were just nicked off the interweave to show the different directions the works could go in.

This would sit very nicely on the roundabout, would be see-through for drivers for safety reasons, be very low maintenance, be pretty vandal and water proof and be appreciated by all ends of the Hastings cultural spectrum.

Hastings is a fascinating town peopled by a mixture of the bucket-and-spade brigade, the cultural vultures, the young, the old, the stuffed shirt and the let-it-all-hang-out. I believe that my idea, or something similar, could straddle this complicated population and become well loved by the vast majority. *drops a curtsy and devours a gingernut*


  1. Jacqueline Patton
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Now these would be a good feature maybe even have a flame at night and incorporate water in the day into the lobster pot

    daddyp replied:

    Now we’re cooking!

  2. Chris
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry but I really don’t think we need any more fishing related statues or boats, net huts etc. I think we need something that represents why our town is famous in the first place. How about a great statue of the battle of hastings with William and Harold? Even if the battle didn’t actually take place in our town it’s what our town is named after and synonymous with the whole area.

    daddyp replied:

    I’ve always liked the shape of Norman helmets. Not too sure about eyes with arrows through them though! I suppose even ‘1066′ in something shiny and big would look good as well.

    Lo,tg replied:

    1066. Big, bold and elegant. Now THAT’S an idea!

  3. carole
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    i do love the metal sculptures just dont want a ridiculous helter skelter down there i would rather the fountain than that but a nice sculpture in keeping with the history or culture of our town would be a great idea

    daddyp replied:

    Everybody who uses the coast road to and from the ferries in Kent sees this roundabout. It’s a real opportunity to try and provide something arresting that might tempt people to ’stop over’ in Hastings and empty their wallets all over local traders etc.!

  4. mark g
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    …mmm the battle that was fought at Battle….not Hastings…a big helmet…are you sure..?? ,i think the lobster pot is an awesome idea,and i do actually like the idea or the archer too,any thing by Mr Dyer would be good,and as Hastings is loved by the locals for its fishing fleet,over its `artistic`side…well….i guess thats my view put across…! ty

    daddyp replied:

    I’ve always liked the idea of a sculpture of fish and chips or a huge deck chair with a perching seagull or something pebble based – the ideas are endless!

  5. Angie McHenry
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m an American living in Hastings for the past 3 years and I have to say..the word “Garbage” means the same in America as it does here. He meant exactly what he said.

    I personally love Hastings and wouldn’t live anywhere else. I thought the Helter was hideous and not in tune with the towns culture. One of the articles I read had said that the Helter Skelter was voted in by 75%. I’d like to know when this vote was held and why the average Joe like most of us wasn’t included in the original vote. If we were, maybe there wouldn’t be such a big debate going on now because it would have been vetoed from the beginning.

    I think your idea is more in tune with what the town needs. But unfortunately, unless it’s “gifted”, the town won’t have the funding for it.

    daddyp replied:

    I know. I was being very British. I’m cursed I tell you … cursed!
    Anyhoo, where there’s a will there’s a way. Perhaps a replica of the 4th Plinth that’s used in Trafalgar Square to showcase different artists could be put there – called the 5th Plinth … obviously … and a series of different ’stuff’ shown on a 3 month turnaround basis. If this became a ‘thing’ then it would encourage repeat visitors to spend more money. A proposal for local businesses to contribute to perhaps?

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