Market Place Landmark Public Art Commission - design brief
Great Yarmouth has a rich maritime heritage and fishing industry. It is the gateway to the Broads National Park and is one of the most important wet land areas in Europe.
Renewable energy including off-shore wind turbines out at sea on the east side are landmarks in themselves and provide the town with strong and growing off-shore maintenance supply chain, bringing in hi-tech jobs within the re-designed outer harbour.
It is one of the most important historic towns on the east coast of England with a medieval centre and archetypical 20th century seaside.
The Market Place is the heart of the town and is a significant open space surrounded on all sides by historic buildings and a town wall. It is entered to the west by a series of narrow alleyways called 'Rows' which form a medieval street pattern and with names that are reflective of events and uses for example Body Snatchers and Kitty Witches Row.
Circus, outdoor performance, arts and its entertainment heritage are large parts of local community life and the culture of the town in general - our place-based brand is 'Our Place is Your Stage'. Amongst other demographics, the town is recognised as having a relatively large international population - including a Portuguese community in the area.