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A new piece of cricket artwork that depicts frames of the bowling action of some of the finest and fastest bowlers associated with Hampshire Cricket has been unveiled at the Ageas Bowl by Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh and Cllr Rupert Kyrle, Chair of Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee.
Named ‘Bowled Over’, the artwork is located outside the West Gate entrance to the Ageas Bowl and helps create a sense of arrival for visitors to both the cricket ground and surrounding facilities. It also creates a memorable photo point, introduces sports fans to the arts and raises the profile of the Ageas Bowl cricket ground.
Funded from community funds from the nearby Hilton hotel, the landmark artwork represents technical excellence through six dynamic frames of a textbook fast bowler. The artwork captures the fluidity of movement that is only possible when a sportsman is highly aware of and fully engaged in the moment. The piece captures a fast bowler’s delivery stride, elevation into the air, final stride onto the popping crease and release of the ball towards the West Gate entrance to the Ageas Bowl cricket ground. Sequential lighting on the figures and on the path of the bowling arm emphasises the dynamic nature of the artwork and enables the viewer to interpret the fast bowler’s action by day and by night.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh said: “I am pleased to unveil this superb piece of cricket artwork and I am sure that visitors to the Ageas Bowl will enjoy this fantastic feature as they enter the ground.”
The artwork, designed by Jo Calcutt, is constructed from modern materials synonymous with the Ageas Bowl ground with layers of internally reinforced mild steel plate and finished with a corrosion resistant zinc coating and oiled white. The piece was fabricated by Millimetre Ltd and works were undertaken by Caroway Construction, Utili-Light Ltd and Smith Construction.
Photo caption: The new 'Bowled Over' artwork lit up at night