Why I love the Brighton Torus
It's been almost 20 years that I moved to Brighton as a young 20-something with strange hair, a lust for life and a determination to succeed somewhere new and exciting. I didn't do as many of my peers did and move to London - having grown up by the sea it's essential to me to have the open space you only get being next to the ocean, lakes or mountains. As we don't have any of the latter, the sea it had to be.
Brighton has changed a lot in this time, but I've still not fallen out of love with it. There are too many favourite spots around town that bring back incredible memories of a life full of fun, wonder and adventure, but the Torus sculpture on the sea front is particularly special to me as it reminds of the fateful night I spent with a best friend that caused me to pack my bags and move here less than a month later.
My story begins at the start of the Brighton festival (I'm sure there are many such stories that begin the same way). I came to the city to watch a friend open the fringe festival with a maddening electronic music performance at the infamous but now sadly deceased Zap club. Some things don't change and the trains weren't very reliable at the time, so we had the choice of leaving before the main event to catch a crawling train back to Portsmouth, or forget going home and choose to wander the streets of Brighton until the first bus back. (And no we couldn't afford a hotel, pub jobs in Portsmouth never did pay very well!)
After the gig we began our wandering which took us the length and breadth of the city centre. We encountered early morning street cleaners, drunken revellers, and a very kind priest from a church in Kemp Town who was decent enough to let us use the church facilities in the small hours. We made a cup of coffee last hours in Buddies bar on the seafront and finished very tired, but enthralled by the city at night, down by the pier in front of the newly unveiled Torus statue.
I decided this was the place for me. The welcoming and open minded attitudes of all the people we met, the fact that I wasn't judged on what I looked like on sight - it was more like London in that respect -and that it wasn't a world away from my friends and family all helped seal the deal. Two weeks later I found a job, packed my bags and moved into a hostel until I could save up for a deposit on my first flat in Brighton.
About the 'Brighton Doughnut'
It's official name is 'Afloat' I have since found out from research. A lot of people simply know it as the 'donut', and why not, that's kind of what it looks like after all. It has the globe carved into it's surface and designed to resemble what the earth would look like if the two gravitational points met in the middle turning it into a donut shape. I loved it then as much as I do now and felt I needed to make my own version that I could wear with me, taking a piece of my home with me every day.
I'm not alone in having a special place in my heart for this wonderful piece of art. Its position on the beach by the pier and among the busy hubbub of Brighton life means it's become one of the most romantic and meaningful spots in town with many marriage proposals happening there. I designed our version to feature a cut-out heart true to Scarlett's original and emotive style. Our Torus necklace has been cleverly weighted inside to make sure that the heart will always correct itself to sit upright if the pendant spins around on the chain. The back is smooth, plain and polished for a contemporary style.
You can find it in our local stockist Silverado in Bond Street Brighton as well as on our website. As with many of our other silver necklaces, the meaning of the jewellery is marked with a meaning card sent with the necklace. It's the perfect romantic gift to mark a special time in Brighton.