Flight of the Langoustine

Flight of the Langoustine will be the second sculpture for Hove Plinth. It is created by Brighton based sculptor Pierre Diamantopoulo. The sculpture, selected from our first call to artists, was a clear favourite with the public. It is made up of four life-size bronze figures flying through a steel grid. It was inspired by a discarded and mangled lobster pot that the artist had found on Brighton beach. In his imagination, the washed-up object that had seemingly helped the lobsters escape, translated itself into a wider story of human exodus and release - a dash for freedom. Diamantopoulo describes the figures as "at once profound, frivolous and boisterous, occupying the air like a flock of birds and inspired by modern dance choreography".

Latest news : Sculpting of figures completed

The four lifesize figures have now been been sculpted and are 'resting in Diamantopoulo's studio in East Sussex, awaiting the next step in the proocess which will involve the foundry producing the moulds for the eventual casting in bronze. The detailed work that has gone into the sculpting is mind boggling and the figures are truly magnificent. 

Model of Sculpture

Armature stage

Polystyrene stage

A few moments in the making

Sculpting a hand

Four sculpted figures