'Helter skelter' to adorn Hastings seafront

3D image of Helter Skelter artwork
Image caption The 13m (42ft) high artwork will be cast in polished aluminium

An artist's interpretation of a helter skelter is to adorn the seafront at Hastings after it won a hotly-contested commission.

The 13m (42ft) high artwork, by British artist Henry Krokatsis, will be cast in polished aluminium, with the texture of rough-hewn wood.

It was chosen by a panel after going head-to-head with Brazilian artist St Clair de Cemin's Standing Wave.

The inspiration for the piece includes the town's history as a Cinque Port.

The Cinque Ports are towns in Kent and Sussex given royal status in the 13th Century for defending the English coastline.

'Fierce independence'

The Fairlight Arts Trust funded the commission, to a value of more than £100,000, in a partnership with Hastings Borough Council.

Mr Krokatsis said the work drew on the town's net huts, pier entertainment tradition, and makeshift structures originally built on the nearby America Ground, a "no man's land" where locals once set up home, free from taxes and rents.

"What struck me about the story of the America Ground was a spirit that still holds strong in Hastings - a communal sense of fierce independence," he said.

"I want to make a work that reflects that spirit."

Helter Skelter is due to be installed in the spring of next year.

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