Giant mermaid sculpture unveiled in Dartford

Mermaid sculpture The mermaid is the first of 12 new pieces of art forming the sculpture trail

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A sculpture of a giant mermaid has been unveiled, marking the start of a trail of 12 new pieces by a Kent artist.

The figure is 30ft (9m) tall and 42ft (14m) wide at the tail and stands on a rock structure at The Bridge in Dartford.

The mermaid is made out of metal, of which 80% is recycled, and the rock contains recycled concrete and stone.

Sculptor William Jordan said: "The Mermaid represents balance within the natural world."

A second piece of art, the Solar Tree, has already been installed outside the SusCon building and two further sculptures are under construction.

The sculpture trail was commissioned by Prologis and Dartford Borough Council, the joint venture partnership behind the development of The Bridge.

The development of the 254 acre brownfield site will include 1,500 new homes and a science and business park.

Paul Weston, from Prologis, said: "Sustainability is one of the driving principles behind The Bridge, so it is impressive to see such a creative approach to sustainable public art."

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