International artist Michael Pinsky will be helping to shape improvements worth nearly £2m at West Bay near Bridport, Dorset.

Pinsky grabbed media attention earlier this year for his Hull UK City of Culture piece, The City Speaks. The installation included a giant screen fitted on the tidal barrier. The screen enabled people to have their words projected across the city. Although the computer software was programmed not to project rude words, several cheeky messages slipped through. Most famous was ‘send nudes’.

West Bay ‘welcome hub’

The West Bay projects cover the ‘welcome hub’ by the Green. Motorcyclists meet here, visitors enjoy fish and chips and residents appreciate the view. The work also includes:

  • Construction of a boardwalk and possibly a viewing platform on East Beach.
  • Enhancements to the West Beach promenade.
  • Creation of a cycle path between West Bay and Bridport.

Pinsky said: ‘I am really looking forward to working in West Bay. It’s a striking village with magnificent views. However, much of the place is fragmented. Otherwise attractive buildings sit amid a sea of cars.

‘I am hoping that the work that I am involved in over the next year will help create a more cohesive place. It will allow people to walk easily and safely through the village’.

Coastal Community Fund

Pinsky will be part of a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, planners and consultants. The West Bay work is part of the wider Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects. The portfolio is funded by the Coastal Community Fund and coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum. The Arts Development Company is working collaboratively with Dorset Coast Forum and the individual project teams.

Cleo Evans, Art and Environment Lead at the Arts Development Company, said: ‘It’s fantastic to have an artist of this calibre working on West Bay. His work is internationally renowned and exceptionally high quality.’

Work will start after the New Year.