NEW art installations are set to be unveiled in Augusta Park following more than two years of consultations and workshops.

Award-winning public artists Bernie Rutter and Denis O’Connor, of Sculpture Works, were commissioned for the work by Test Valley Borough Council.

The artists’ brief was developed through consultation which included a series of workshops, meetings and activities with children and residents across Augusta Park.

The project, which cost £73,000, has been funded by contributions made to the borough council from developers Taylor Wimpey.

The finished sculptures will be installed at two sites — Smannell Green and Poppy Park — on June 18.

Community and leisure portfolio holder at the borough council, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The artwork marks the successful development at Augusta Park and I’m so pleased in how the community has come together to embrace this project. Everyone has offered their views and it just shows the benefits of public art.

“This has all been very carefully thought out and seeing the results is fantastic. I’m thrilled with the outcome and my sincere thanks go to Denis and Bernie for all their efforts.

“The themes that came from our public consultation with residents included growth, agriculture and nature and they have all been expertly weaved into the final product.”

The sculptures at Smannell Green represent growth using the form of trees and an ancient Roman brooch found by archaeologists at the site.

Agricultural tools have been moulded on the top in an interpretation of a tree.

At the Poppy Park site, a cluster of poppy seed heads will sit in the park that has been named by the residents.

Mr O’Connor added: “Both Bernie and I have really relished putting these ideas in motion and working with the local community to produce something we can all be proud of.

“We have been given the freedom to collate and express the views of the public and hopefully they enjoy the sculptures as much as we do.”