Hull artist's grand designs for 2012
AMBITIOUS plans to build a 200ft high earth mound in East Yorkshire have been shortlisted in a national competition to mark the 2012 Olympics
Hull-based artist Lee Merrill Sendall's big idea is one of five competing projects in the Yorkshire region.
It is one of 60 schemes to be shortlisted around the country from an original entry of more than 2,000.
Lee, 21, of Blenheim Street, west Hull, said: "When I heard I was shortlisted I was surprised.
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"It did not think it would be taken seriously but now it's quite exciting.
"This is the biggest project I've ever been involved with but that's part of the challenge."
If successful, the project will be backed by up to £500,000 worth of funding from the Arts Council's Artists Taking The Lead initiative, which is part of a four-drive cultural programme linked to the London Olympics.
Lee added: "I've been interested in ancient mounds for years so this was my chance to actually build one.
"The idea is to create somewhere for people to dream big and get a sense of perspective.
"It's always been a bit of a joke that we live in a very flat place without any hills; hopefully this will change all that."
After being shortlisted, he's now got less than two months to submit more detailed proposals.
With a preferred location yet to be decided, initial talks have been held with council officials in both Hull and the East Riding to see what support they can offer.
Lee's current idea includes a 200ft-high mound covering a site of around five acres with a spiral footpath leading to the summit.
It would also be circled by an orchard of fruit trees.
"I see it as a gift from one generation to future generations and I'm hoping local people get behind it."