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Permanent art works promised for Swansea boulevard

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

Four art groups have been commissioned to produce works for the town centre.

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PERMANENT works of public art are to be placed along Swansea's boulevard.

Four groups have been commissioned to create pieces that will be sited at the Wind Street crossing, the corner of the LC opposite Princess Way, Museum Park and the route between the Paxton Street tunnel and Meridian Quay.

Assemble, Wales-based Freshwest, an American-born artist based in Finland called William Denniusk and Aberrant Architecture have been selected to create the artworks.

Each is at an early stage in the design process but ideas will be presented for feedback and consideration later in the year.

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The work is being funded by Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, EU, the Arts Council of Wales and private developers.

Council leader David Phillips said: "Public art can play an important role in city centre regeneration. It helps enhance the character and uniqueness of a city, emphasises key locations, gives a sense of place and encourages exploration.

"Cities like Barcelona, Melbourne and Chicago are world leaders in public art and, as Wales's city of culture, we want to follow in their footsteps.

"Projects of this nature are a major step in the right direction."

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  • jack101  |  May 21 2014, 7:19PM

    I think some eye catching public art is exactly what is needed throughout the boulevard scheme. It will make this journey through the city much appealing and will hopefully lead to the much greater need for major city centre regeneration. Come on Swansea council get the city centre regenerated with better shops and office developments asap

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  • charioteer17  |  May 21 2014, 11:49AM

    I think it was a liberal/conservative/independents coalition who were in power when the scheme was approved, not just the liberals. If you must complain then complain against the coalition.

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  • antyall  |  May 21 2014, 10:53AM

    The boulevard was an inherited scheme,it has nothing to do with this labour administration but it was not possible to exit it without paying a lot of money to the contractors. If this was a Labour initiative then people would have a right to complain about them,but as it was the liberals no.

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  • charioteer17  |  May 21 2014, 10:02AM

    Have I missed out on something here? I know Swansea narrowly failed to become UK's City of Culture but when did we become Wales's city of culture, as David Phillips refers, to it to follow the examples of Chicago, Melbourne and Barcelona. Is this from his vivid imagination or did we actually win an award?

  • loyaljack  |  May 21 2014, 9:13AM

    I would just like to thank Swansea City Council for wasting millions of pounds of OUR money on what is simply a pavement widening scheme. They keep going on about a boulevard, but surely you need to have shops, businesses running adjacent to this road for it to be deemed a boulevard?? Who would want to site next to a dual carriageway whilst sipping a luke warm cup of tea in the rain?? Nothing has changes apart from some new pavements. Yet another total & utter waste of money. Why not rejuvenate the High Street, as this is the 1st point at which visitors by train see of Swansea & what an impression it must make. Drunks everywhere, down & outs sitting in door ways, it's a total & utter disgrace & embarrassment!!

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  • abertawejack  |  May 21 2014, 8:56AM

    Once again we have councilors with "Delusions of Grandeur" amongst the chambers. May I suggest they take a good look at "The Leaf", within our Castle concrete square, try and see the fault in what an earth it represents. I'm sure there's no need for this excessive boulevard overspend, just yet; especially in these austerity times, of which we are all accountable too, except governments so it appears here. Where oh where does this (extra) money come from to supplement their whims I ask, no doubt possibly from the high car parking charges and no change machines, growing every couple of months around our once beautiful city. Be far better that they keep this extra funding away from, individual personalities and into The Albert Hall, regeneration project, whereby; Tourists and our citizens can then enjoy, yet another wet weather outlet, to visit alongside the Bus museum. Speaking of which, has The bus museum been given the old United Welsh depot shed yet per chance?.

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  • Draftsman  |  May 21 2014, 8:52AM

    Why aren't they ALL Swansea based artists?

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  • Alltalk  |  May 21 2014, 8:19AM

    David Phillips and Swansea Council have shown themselves to be sadly out of touch with the expectations of ordinary citizens. We keep hearing that their priority is tackling poverty in the city. How does specially commissioned public art fit in with that? Or will the sculptures be edible?

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  • TaipeiSteve  |  May 21 2014, 5:15AM

    Personally, I like public works of art. It gives a city character and provides points of interest. The problem is that most councils commission pieces that merely project ideals of pretentious grandeur. Let's hope that the artists realize that Swansea is not Florence and so produce something that is earthy and that we can all relate to.

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  • Tex054  |  May 20 2014, 11:25PM

    Sorry can't see the resemblance between Barcelona and Swansea

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