Tina Turner’s head turned into giant statue at Dreamland Margate

30 July 2019, 17:39

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Tina Turner. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

Visitors to Dreamland Margate will be surprised to see a giant statue of Tina Turner’s head.

Bosses at the venue will unveil the tribute in the run up to the Turner Prize in Margate.

The grand unveiling will also mark the launch of Dreamland’s answer to the Turner Prize 2019, The Tina Turner Prize.

This will be an open competition to find a new Tina Turner-themed work of art to adorn Dreamland’s Mural by The Sea billboard.

The giant inflatable sculpture of Tina Turner’s head will be found at the vintage amusement park.

Tina Turner’s head turned into giant statue at Dreamland Margate
Tina Turner’s head turned into giant statue at Dreamland Margate. Picture: Dreamland Margate

Standing 7m tall and 7m wide, it's not something that will be easily missed!

The mammoth piece of fan art will be unveiled at the park on August 10.

Not only that, it will even contain a karaoke booth so fans of the iconic singer, who turns 80 this year, can belt out Simply The Best or Private Dancer to their heart’s content.

CEO of Dreamland Margate Eddie Kemsley said: "Turner Prize 2019 is one of the biggest events to come to Margate – so we responded in kind.

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"Margate is a haven for internationally renowned artists and the Turner Contemporary is at the heart of the town’s cultural evolution.

"But Margate is also – and always has been – delightfully kitsch, fun and a trendsetter.

"So we wanted to create a work of art at Dreamland that would complement the Turner Prize exhibition - by offering visitors another anchor point of interest – and also show the alternative, modern and wonderfully camp side of Margate’s arts scene.

A giant inflatable sculpture of Tina Turner’s head will be found at the vintage amusement park
A giant inflatable sculpture of Tina Turner’s head will be found at the vintage amusement park. Picture: PA

"We’re thrilled to be honouring one of music’s greatest icons with a piece of fan art that thousands of people will be able to engage with and enjoy for free."

The Tina Turner prize is open to any artist who wishes to submit a proposal for a bespoke work of art inspired by Tina Turner.

The winning work will be on display from October through to January 2020.

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