How a Hackney symbol could win you £1,000

Patrick Hughes: PR pic

A PUBLIC SCULPTURE on the theme of “regeneration”? Dread word, although it could have been the, uhm, dreader “gentrification”.

Surely the symbol of regen has to be the hipster, the key species that made Hackney supposedly the heart of the universe and to which, as the years roll on, nobody admits to belonging?

Otherwise, what about a statue of a contemporary slebIdris Elba and Paloma Faith are just two of many famous Hackneyites.

Truth is, the judges, East London artist Patrick Hughes — publicity pic above — and London-based designer Mike Rundell, are probably looking for something broader-based for “the artistic centrepiece” of a proposed Regal Homes development, including “affordable housing” (yes, that meaningless term) and workspaces for the tech sector, in Hackney Road, Cremer Street and Gorsuch Street, near Hoxton station.

Anyway, come up with something no bigger at its base than 1.5 sq m and no higher than 2m and you could take the prize, £1,000.

Hamish Scott 140715

Hoxton station, Gherkin and City of London 170111 ©
Hoxton station and the City of London

* Designs for the Hackney Road Sculpture Prize must be in by Friday 30 September 2015. Contact:

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