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Norfolk County Council commission toyStudio sculpture to go up at Diss Mere as part of Norfolk Way Art Trail



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A sculpture inspired by the flocking behaviour of birds in flight will be sited in Diss next year.

The sculpture, named Flock, has been designed by London-based art collective toyStudio and is one of four to be selected as part of The Norfolk Way Art Trail – a long-distance walking and cycling route that will join up existing trails.

Commissioned by Norfolk County Council, it will feature schools of fish and swarms of eels – animals synonymous with the Mere and the nearby River Waveney – and will be made from a collection of curved, metallic tubes of varying lengths, spiralling upwards.

The sculpture, named Flock, has been designed by London-based art collective toyStudio. Picture: Norfolk County Council (56664986)
The sculpture, named Flock, has been designed by London-based art collective toyStudio. Picture: Norfolk County Council (56664986)

A county council spokesman said: “Each one of these tubes represents the individual directions we take within a community and how we move forward together as one.

“Flock not only mimics the behaviour of local wildlife, but also represents the movement of people. Just as wildlife migrates to Diss, many different communities have also arrived and been welcomed into the town.

“The local community will be invited to share their stories which will be showcased as part of the installation.”

The artwork sites were chosen in consultation with the local community, and toyStudio has been commissioned to develop its concept for fabrication over the summer, ready for launch in 2023.

The Norfolk Way Art Trail will be a 250-mile circuit, designed to pass through locations off the beaten track, celebrating the unique natural and cultural assets that the county has to offer.

It is part of the European Union-funded Experience project – a €23.3 million initiative to promote off-season experiential tourism and sustainable economic growth.

The wider project focuses on six pilot regions in England and France to promote off-season tourism, which is more sustainable for the environment, local businesses and residents.



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