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Artist Maggi Hambling
Medium Stainless steel
Subject Benjamin Britten
Dimensions 3.7 m (150 in)
Weight 3.5 tons
Location Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Coordinates 52°09′38″N 1°36′21″E / 52.16053°N 1.60587°E / 52.16053; 1.60587

Scallop is a 2003 work by British artist Maggi Hambling. It is located on Aldeburgh beach, Suffolk, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a tribute to composer Benjamin Britten.

Creation and unveiling

Hambling commissioned local business J. T. Pegg & Sons LTD to create the sculpture. It is made from stainless steel and is 3.7 metres in height and weighs 3.5 tons, appearing as two halves of a seashell. The sculpture features a quote from Benjamin Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes:  “I hear those voices that will not be drowned.”

Hambling was not paid for her time working on the sculpture and funded manufacturing costs with her own money and sales of her artwork. Hambling intended the piece to be interacted with, climbed on, sat on, "made love" under, and used as a shelter.

The sculpture was unveiled on Saturday 8 November 2003 by former culture secretary Chris Smith.

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