Inspirational works of public art are being planned for a key gateway in and out of Swansea City Centre.The proposals are focussed on the Wind Street crossing area, the corner of the LC opposite Princess Way, Museum Park and the route between the Paxton Street tunnel and Meridian Quay. Swansea Council appointed a not-for-profit arts organisation called Addo to commission artists or groups to undertake each project. As a result Assemble, Wales-based Freshwest, an American-born artist based in Finland called William Denniusk and Aberrant Architecture have been commissioned to work on the projects. David Chambers, one of the artists who’ll be working on Aberrant Architecture’s commission, is Swansea born and raised. Each group is at an early stage in the design process but ideas will be presented for feedback and consideration later in the year before installations are completed in 2015. The work is being funded by Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales, private developers and the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Waterfront City Regeneration programme. Cllr David Phillips, Swansea Council Leader, 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, encourages exploration and often generates long-lasting and memorable experiences that will encourage people to return in future. “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. We’re determined not to lose the momentum we gathered when we were recently pipped to the post at the final hurdle of the race to become UK City of Culture 2017, and projects of this nature are a major step in the right direction. “We’re delighted that Addo has commissioned artists and art organisations with a proven track record of producing high-quality and inspiring works of public art.” Addo has over 20 years experience of working in the arts in Wales and beyond. The artists and groups commissioned together have a wide international experience, including leading or contributing to projects in Finland, Holland, Ireland, Japan and the USA.
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