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Posted by | Sep 12, 2022 | , | 0 |
The infamous ‘Caban’ art installation in Bangor will be removed this week, as part of the work to transform College Park into an area that is more accessible, safe and friendly.
Weather permitting, work on removing the ‘Caban’ will commence on Wednesday, 14 September, and it will be placed in storage with a view to finding a new home for it. In its place will be a small performance area and mini amphitheatre which will provide an opportunity for showcasing artistic and performance talent.   
The artwork, designed and created by Dutch artist Joep Van Lieshout, is made from fibreglass and said to have been inspired by the tradition of a slate quarryman’s hut. It attracted praise and criticism in equal measure when it was installed during the autumn of 2015. The installation was funded by the Arts Council of Wales at a cost of nearly £109,000.
College Park
Located at the foot of Bangor University Main Arts building, work on transforming College Park commenced in the spring.  The park is seen as an important green space connecting the University and the City of Bangor. 
The first phase of the work involving thinning out some of the wooded area in the park and addressing invasive species has been done. This work has increased visibility, creating better views and a feeling of safety through the lower park, and encourages growth of the plants on the ground, in particular the blue bells.   
The project has been submitted for planning permission and is due to go to committee in October. Once planning has been approved the main works will commence with the aim of completing the works in summer 2023. 
The project is funded through Gwynedd Council in partnership with the University through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme. 
For further information and details on the next phases of the project, please visit:
September 20, 2017
March 29, 2018
August 11, 2021
October 18, 2017

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