Thousands of pounds of public money spent on Swansea art works
ARTWORKS costing thousands of pounds are being installed to brighten up High Street.
They include six-metre high golden palm trees which have already been installed above the entrance to Volcano Theatre's home in the High Street.
Future installations will see work outside The Venue, opposite the railway station, the Glanmor building next to the Adam and Eve pub, and outside Pearl House in Princess Way.
Artist Pete Fowler, famed for his work with Welsh group Super Furry Animals, has also been commissioned to carry out work on the street to help brighten up the area, which has a number of empty shops.
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The aim is to improve the look of the area for the thousands of motorists and pedestrians who use the road every day.
The scheme, called Art Across the High Street, is being funded by the Welsh Government, Swansea Council and the Swansea Business Improvement District (Bid), and is being delivered in partnership with Locws International.
The Welsh Government has confirmed it is making up to £30,000 available for the project, and if all the money is used, then Swansea Council could contribute a further £10,000.
Swansea Business Improvement District could also contribute a further £5,000.
Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, Nick Bradley, said: "High Street is a major gateway into the city centre that's used every day by many thousands of motorists and commuters.
"This is why it's important we do all we can to improve its image and support the pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses who trade there.
"Murals and other public art can help by improving the look of disused or rundown properties until economic conditions improve and we can work with our partners to attract businesses to take up empty units.
"This is an approach that's worked well in many other cities.
"The murals in the High Street area will complement other work recently completed there.
"This includes a multi-million pound refurbishment of Swansea Railway Station and the Urban Village project spearheaded by Coastal Housing."