Visionary ideas go on show

Visitors to the Forum in Norwich can see at first hand the visionary ideas from all over the world sent in to a competition to design a landmark for the East of England.

Visitors to the Forum in Norwich can see at first hand the visionary ideas from all over the world sent in to a competition to design a landmark for the East of England.

A touring exhibition showcasing all the imaginative – and, in some cases, controversial – designs for the competition is in the city over the weekend.

Instigated by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), its aim was to create an identity for the region similar to that achieved by the Angel of the North.

It attracted 234 entries from all over the world, but only 12 entries made it on to the shortlist – including the Norfolk CRed carbon reduction campaign's Star of the East.

Four winners were announced at the end of March and included steel sculptures

re-creating the lost city of Dunwich and a dramatic offshore reef at Winterton Ness.

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Richard Ellis, chairman of EEDA, who opened the event, said: “The Landmark East ideas competition stimulated a huge variety of ideas and hard work.

“We would really like to encourage more of the teams and individuals to realise their vision – regardless of whether they were shortlisted or winners – and harness the wealth of creativity stimulated by the ideas competition.

“By staging a touring exhibition, we hope that members of the public will go to see the entries and let us know their views, both of the winning ideas and of all the other projects.”

The winning teams have been awarded a share of £250,000 to fund feasibility studies which will be commissioned this month or next.

The exhibition is open 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

t For more information about the winning projects, visit www.landmarkeast.org.uk

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