National Recording Project


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



Type Sculpture

     Six separate small upright works set on stone bases; two boxing gloves, two dolls, cherub and a skull. Information from Festival Park: 'The works were carved away from site during 1991. They are made to operate as conventional garden ornamentation, within a constructed garden. The boxing gloves are there to depict some of their associated aspects, such as maleness and competition. The dolls depict something of how an image is idealised for mass consumption, becoming a distortion of the human figure. Both the gloves and the dolls can be seen as gendering devices through role play. The cherub and skull are life and death charms. Each of these suggests ways in which we adopt roles in society. What we really are is never as clear cut as what these images suggest.'
     Borderline was supported by Garden Festival Wales and Chapter Arts Centre. 'The sculptor, Robert Kennedy, felt that the Garden Festival was a huge, themed social event in itself. He wanted to create a themed garden within it, something social, commenting to some extent on the diversity of culture within real society.'
     A number of sculptures were commissioned for the Garden Festival of Wales in 1991/2 and some works remain on site.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Kennedy, Robert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Borderline (six pieces) Portland stone Each piece approx. 60cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road A4046
Precise location On land surrounding Festival Park Factory Shopping Village
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO165076
Date of design 1991-92
Year of unveiling 1992
Unveiling details 1992
Commissioned by Garden Festival Wales
Duty of care Festival Park
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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