Artist Juliette’s work on display at supermarket

Juliette Dodd SUS
Juliette Dodd SUS

An artist’s work has gone on public display outside a new supermarket.

Discount chain Aldi invited Juliette Dodd to design public artwork for the store as part of its construction.

She came up with several concepts before one was chosen by Aldi, a series of coloured glazed stones adorning a low wall facing the road, together with greenery.

Juliette had four weeks to produce the artworks, using half a ton of clay, moulded and made in studio space at the Ore Centre in Old London Road where residents had the chance to see her at work and give feedback.

The stones were fired and glazed at Sussex Coast College’s ceramics department over the two weeks of the Easter holidays.

Juliette then worked with Ore in Bloom to design the landscaping and planting scheme that complements the artworks.

Juliette said: “It was such a lovely job and great opportunity to be invited by Aldi and help make my area beautiful and interesting, adding something special.

“I also worked with Asda before it opened in St Leonards, designing public art that took on a dinosaur theme, as well as with Dunelm Mill.”

Aldi opened its new store in Ore last Thursday (December 4), creating 35 new jobs.

The 1,000 sqm store, in Rye Road, was officially opened by members of Hastings United Youth FC’s under 12’s and under 11’s teams.

Staff handed out golden envelopes to the first 100 customers in the queue, each containing a ticket to win a special prize.

The Aldi store replaces B&Q, which traded in town for more than 35 years before shutting its doors in April this year. More than 40 staff were employed there.