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Anti-airport art exhibition

Fri 13 April 2012, 10:11 am

Medway Council threw its support behind an art exhibition setting out the potential impact of a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

A group of nine artists put together the exhibition, called Beauty or the Beast, which showed the damage they believe a Thames Estuary airport would cause.  

The exhibitors – who combined to call themselves the No Thames Airport Artists Group - say they are concerned by the images generated by architect Foster & Partners for a Thames Estuary airport.  

Artist Kevin Clarkson said: “The exhibition gave a snapshot of what the Thames and Medway estuaries mean to their communities and highlighted the devastation an airport twice the size of Heathrow would have on health and the quality of life of people living there. 

“These are issues airbrushed out of the visuals we have all seen that have been issued by Foster & Partners.”

In his work, the large town of Sittingbourne has been replaced by a 'Spaghetti Junction' series of roads, with a huge motorway linking to a futuristic suspension bridge to the Hoo Peninsula, destroying the picturesque village of Iwade and other rural settings. 

Elsewhere, quiet seaside locations on the Isle of Sheppey link up and form a mini-Manhattan style collection of tower block towns while the idyllic villages of the historic Hoo Penininsula are unrecognisable. 

The exhibition ran at the Nucleus Art Gallery off Chatham High Street until 5 April. 

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