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

Lighthouse Tower

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Tall portland stone shaft surmounted by metal sculpture resembling lighthouse tower consisting of various metal designs and shapes. Metal painted different colours, predominantly blue and grey. Information from City and County of Swansea: 'The octagonal tower relates to the identity and morphology of the site; it emphasises the importance of the connection between land and sea, and relates to panoramic views across Swansea Bay to lighthouses near and far. While acknowledging its sources directly, the steel upper sections are finished with copper coloured paint which relates to the metallurgical history and development of the lower Swansea Valley. The tower combines the old with the new; it has Victorian and Edwardian presence. It represents man-made objects, and is not abstract, although contemporary sculptural considerations such as aesthetic balance, form, colour, scale and texture are expressed through the representation of the functional object.'
     The work was commissioned by Swansea City Council in 1987 with sponsorship from Alexandra Towing Co. Ltd., Ove Arup and Partners, Bath and Portland Stone Ltd., BOC Ltd. Margam, Milner Delvaux Ltd., Robert M. Douglas Holdings PLC., Lovell Urban Renewal, South Wales Electricity Board and the Welsh Development Agency. The work was unveiled by the Mayor of Swansea on 3rd October 1987. (Information at site).
    

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Conybear, Robert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Portland stone, steel, polycarbonate, neon, bells 915cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SWANSEA017 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Ocean Crescent
Precise location In paved pedestrian area outside houses, overlooking beach and sea
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS663925
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1987
Unveiling details Unveiled 3rd October 1987
Commissioned by Swansea City Council
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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