ARGUS COMMENT: Vote on new Chartist artwork
2:29pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
THE ongoing saga of Newport’s Chartist Mural continues today when the council will ask the public what they think should replace it.
The demolition last week of the mosaic in John Frost Square ignited public opinion in Newport and the Argus postbag is filled each day with letters about the issue.
Many are aggrieved that the council should have done more to save the original.
Others are nonplussed about the mosaic itself but were shocked about the way it was taken down.
Some are simply wondering what all the fuss is about.
But whatever your opinion, the clock cannot be turned back on the order to demolish the mural. The memorial to the Chartists is gone.
What replaces it, however, is something you should have a say on.
Council chief executive Will Godfrey has already declared he would like to see a memorial as close to the original as possible. And leader Bob Bright has said that whatever form the new artwork will take, it would likely be placed in the listed Newport market.
To vote on the form an artwork would take, which will be located in the entrance hall of the market go to newport.gov.uk/haveyoursay before October 31 when voting will close.
If the groundswell of opinion spreads to this consultation, the replacement for the mural could be something Newport can be proud of.
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