Local Wallasey artist to
sculpt Mermaid Trail
A local sculptor has been chosen to
create New Brighton's new Mermaid Trail. Barry Canning Eaton, who lives in
Wallasey, will design and create the 6 statues, 5 of which will be decorated by
local artists, schools and community groups.
Barry sculpted the:- 'Spirit of Liverpool' statue that currently stands in
Central Station, Liverpool, following his commission by artist and designer of
the statue Rick Myers.
The Mermaid Trail, which takes its inspiration from the:- 'Black Rock Mermaid',
who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton, in the 18th Century, will feature a series
of 6 mermaid statues right across the resort.
A competition will be launched soon for local groups to decorate the statues.
Barry Canning-Eaton said:- "I am really pleased to have been commissioned,
particularly as this art trail will be on my doorstep. I am really looking
forward to creating the Mermaids and working with New Brighton Coastal Community
Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council's Pledge Champion for 'building a vibrant
tourism economy' and Chair of the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT),
said:- 'We are thrilled to have commissioned such a talented artist to
bring to life a unique piece of New Brighton's history.'
The project is moving forward thanks to a successful bid for funding by New
Brighton Coastal Community Team, to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a
grant scheme set up by DONG Energy, to benefit voluntary groups and organisations
located near to the coastline where it is carrying out the extension to the
offshore wind farm.
It is anticipated that the sculptures will be installed ready for visitors in
the late spring of 2017.