Brick sofas built in Bicester town centre

Brick sofa
Image caption The street art took more than a year to make and is described as one of the artist's largest commissions to date

Brick sofas have been built at a new £70m shopping development in an Oxfordshire town.

The two hand-carved Chesterfield sofas and a 75m (246ft) "wallpaper" wall in Pioneer Square, Bicester, were constructed by Bristol-based artist Rodney Harris.

The artworks lie near the bus stops in Manorsfield Road.

Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said the art was meant to be a "talking point".

Described as one of Mr Harris's largest commissions to date, the work took more than a year to make.

'Something unexpected'

Other street art includes a gathering of crows alighting on stainless steel arches around the development by artists Philip Bews and Diane Gorvin.

Pioneer Square is situated between Crown Walk and the new Sainsbury's store.

A supermarket spokesman said: "It is always nice to see something unexpected when you go somewhere new for the first time.

"The new public art in Pioneer Square is certainly different and creates visual interest."

The square opens on 10 July.

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