A skull, a kettle and plates: art goes public
A DEAD philosopher's skull, spinning plates, and a boiling kettle.
These are some of the ideas submitted to an arts project, which could be realised at a public site in Swansea centre.
The opportunity comes from artist led charity Locws International, the group responsible for both temporary and permanent works of art which have appeared across the city in the recent years.
Work commissioned by the group from artists has included a tree-sized pencil in Cwmdonkin Park, a giant floating stiletto, and an orchestra of power tools and gadgets.
But earlier this year the group announced it was, for the first time, inviting submissions from UK and international artists who want to join in.
The selected artist will receive a fee and a budget to cover design, production, materials and installation, plus agreed expenses. And they have now announced the shortlisted contenders in the project. Project manager Gordon Dalton revealed: "We were very impressed by the wide range of submitted proposals, who all approached the public realm in Swansea in inventive ways."
Other items in the running include sound works based on railway tracks, cartoon storyboards, reclaimed street furniture, viewing platforms and a colourful stairway to heaven.
Locws International are now in the process of selecting one proposal with gallerist Ceri Hand and artist, David Blandy, and plan to make an announcement by mid-September.
The winning proposal will appear as part of next year's Art Across The City programme, while all shortlisted artists will be considered for future programmes, where it is appropriate.
Meanwhile, Locws International has announced its autumn programme of public art commissions across Swansea.
Thirteen artworks will be seen across the city, seven of which will be permanent.
They include abstract placards taking over the amphitheatre following a procession through the city, idiosyncratic symbols high in the trees in Singleton Park to attract passers by, and drawings covering a plinth-like object on the Princess Way illustrating people's thoughts on a future Swansea.
The works will join two commissions from earlier this year — Pete Fowler's iconic work opposite the railway station in Swansea's High Street and Sinta Tantra's palm trees, also on the High Street.