The Exbury Egg, a floating home and research station in one. Artist Stephen Turner, who specialises in long term artistic explorations of environmental settings, has worked with designers of Space Placemaking and Urban Design (SPUD Group) to create the Egg which he will now use as a 'residency’. The egg is floating in the Beaulieu Estuary for a year, to examine the changing patterns of its marine ecology. Meanwhile the arist will create artworks inspired, influenced and informed by his surroundings. This ambitious project tests the role of artists and architects in sensitive places and contributes to raising awareness of the importance of protecting places like the Estuary. SPUD project manager, Phil Smith explains: 'Everything about this project looks to the value of our environment and sustainability; from the design and build of the Egg, to working with Stephen Turner in raising awareness of environmental change, to creating a cross curriculum education programme for schools and colleges.'
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