Continental spirit took over Lynn town centre at the weekend with entertainment, art installations and the opening of landscaped gardens marking the end of a two-year arts project.
Flying the flag for Amiens, in France, the event also launched year two of the Art, Cities and Landscape project with Maison De La Culture.
The project has attracted £400,000 of European Union funding, with some of this money put towards creating a series of landscaped areas and art installations which were highlighted in the weekend’s event.
West Norfolk Council leader, Cllr Nick Daubney, said: “What a brilliant weekend. The town centre was heaving and the weather was on our side. Lots of people were in town enjoying the continental market, the French street performers and the news gardens and artworks created by our French colleagues.
“The artists and landscape designers behind these creations received lots of positive feedback about their schemes. The whole weekend, including Around the World in 80 Dishes, brought a real buzz to the town.”
The art installations which can now be found around the town include Come On, a garden area which can be found in South Clough Lane and designed to represent the flow of water that connected the town centre to the waters it traded on.
Keep Calm and Pallet On can be found on the South Quay and was inspired by the historical use of South Quay the area for the storage of goods.
Crates on Waves will provide shoppers with a relaxing, scented island in a busy sea of shops on Baxter’s Plain where crates of aromatic plant are spread across lazy decks.
Rock around the Fleet is designed to evoke memories of maritime and trading heritage, with a series of floating buoys topped with metal structures suggesting seabirds in the Outer Purfleet.
The Kliff Garden brings a piece of the coast into the High Street, in the form of a tranquil seating area surrounded by cliffs and seascape planting.
In the Inner Purfleet, Vanishing ortex can be found, an installation is designed to establish a relationship between fiction and reality using aquatic elements and water pump.
In the Outer Purfleet and Tuesday Market Place, find Archilense, a series of installations that use magnifying glasses to distort and change the image of Lynn giving a new perspective on the town.
Cllr Daubney added: “Information about the gardens and artworks created as part of this two-year project is available from the Tourist Information Centre or www.artcitieslandscape.com”