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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Leaf/Boat

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Sculpture is half a leaf and half a boat resting on shaped stone. The glaze on the glass is golden. The sculpture stands in and is surrounded by water which subsequently cascades down steps. (The sculpture was designed and made by Amber Hiscott with David Pearl).
     A number of artists were invited to submit ideas for the redesigned and modernised Castle Square which also features plaques designed by local schoolchildren relating the history of Swansea. The project was sponsored by British Telecommunications PLC, Alberto Culver Co (UK) Ltd and South Wales Evening Post (Award winner under the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts Pairing Scheme.)
     The sculpture is inspired by Dylan Thomas's poem 'Rain Cuts The Place We Tread' which relates the tale of Thomas playing in Cwmdonkin Park as a child, picking up leaves and pushing their stalks through the middle to sail them in puddles. The sculptor was 'interested in trying to reflect the spirit of the place, not just the square but the community as well.'

Inscriptions

Carved into a wall surrounding water and Leaf/Boat: WE SAIL A BOAT UPON THE PATH PADDLE WITH LEAVES DOWN AN ECSTATIC LINE OF LIGHT

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hiscott, Amber Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Glass/water None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SWANSEA006 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Castle Square
Precise location None
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS658932
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1996
Unveiling details Unveiled on 27 November 1996
Commissioned by None
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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