HUGE art installations are popping up in Bournemouth and Poole as the annual Arts by the Sea Festival gets into full swing.

With social distancing in mind, many of the displays are on beaches or in public parks.

Visitors to Boscombe beach have been watching as satirist Cold War Steve installs a 25-metre curved windbreak portraying a Bournemouth beach scene.

The Birmingham-based artist's satirical collages have made him a cult phenomenon, particularly on social media.

Meanwhile at Sandbanks, passers-by are admiring a piece of artwork by artist Luke Jerram called 'In Memoriam'.

Created from more than 100 bedsheets, and arranged in the form of a red cross, the sea of flags offers a place for the public to visit to remember those lost during the coronavirus pandemic and pay tribute to the NHS staff and volunteers.

The installation pays tribute to the brave NHS staff members and volunteers who continue to risk their lives to care for the thousands affected by the coronavirus.

You can physically enter the structure to contemplate and explore the artwork, whilst adhering to the rules of social distancing.

Luke Jerram is known worldwide for his large-scale public engagement artworks.

This year is the 10th Arts by the Sea Festival and one of the few public events to go ahead since the outbreak of coronavirus.

It has a reduced number of live, physical events compared to previous years and is offering capacity-controlled outdoor installations spread out across public spaces in the area.

It is also offering a full digital programme of curated online workshops and livestreams.

The festival runs until October 4 and more details are available at