Almost time to choose Keynsham’s new clock tower

The old clock tower in Keynsham shortly before it was removed as part of the redevelopment of the town centre

The old clock tower in Keynsham shortly before it was removed as part of the redevelopment of the town centre

The people of Keynsham will shortly be able to choose the design of a new clock tower which will have pride of place in the new town centre development.

Keynsham town councillor Lisa O’Brien, chair of the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group said: “We are delighted to announce that three artists have been shortlisted for the Keynsham clock tower commission.

“Each artist’s proposal will be exhibited at various venues in Keynsham from the end of April into early May. We will be asking for feedback from residents, business owners and frequent visitors to our town and do everything possible to ensure that the voting process is fair and impartial.”

The shortlisted artists are Wales-based sculptor Sebastian Boyesen, metalworker Jon Mills, from Brighton, and clock designers/manufacturers Smith of Derby.

The successful artist will work with the community to finalise details of the design.

The exhibition can be seen at the Pomegranate Café in Temple Street from 25th to 30th April (open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm on Saturday, and open late from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

It then moves next door to the window of Keynsham Town Council from 1st to 7th May, and will finally be at the Key Centre in Charlton Road from 9th to 15th May (open 10am to 5pm with a late night on Friday 9th May until 8pm, although not open on Sunday).

The new development

The new development

Special talks by the artists will talk place on 9th May and further details will be announced shortly.

Cllr Paul Crossley, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Following the public vote by the people of Keynsham, the clock tower will be in situ by April 2015. The council is very pleased to support this important addition to the civic centre area, which will form a focus for the town.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibition of short-listed designs.”