The Shoal, Seaford’s Community Bench, is an exciting sculptural seating attraction which has been installed in three stages, the first of which was unveiled on 1 May 2017 by the Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Seaford amist a buzzing crowd of watchers who turned out to see this fabulous new addition to the beach. The final section was installed in April 2018 when all the fish shapes, Mackerel plaques and Love Fish were sold out.
Located on Seaford’s widest jetty at Splash Point, close to the beach huts and Seaford Head cliffs, the bench represents a remarkable stream meandering the length of the breakwater. The brainchild of Gabby Tofts, an inspirational gardener, and Christian Funnell, a renowned local sculptor, it continues to draw a lot of enthusiastic attention. Gabby and Christian were selected by the Seaford Community Partnership, working in conjunction with Seaford Town Council and East Sussex County Council, to bring this project to life. Examples of Christian’s work can also be seen in Seaford’s Peace Garden and at Birling Gap. He always endeavours to bring the visitor a sense of engagement with the unique qualities of a given place.
Through generous sponsorship, this stunning sculptural bench has been built to benefit the whole community, becoming a destination with breathtaking views of Seaford Head and Seaford Bay for all to sit a while and enjoy. The galvanised, marine-grade steel used for the sculpture is vandal proof and has a lifespan of 20 years.
(Picture courtesy of Wayne Spring)