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

Zeta Mnemonical

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Taken from SITES - Public Art in Swansea 1985 - 1990: 'Zeta Mnemonical and Copper Flame do perform certain functions; they mark the Seagate, indicate wind direction and provide raised seating. They memorialise a period in time when copper ore was transported by sea from South American ports to Swansea for smelting. Beaten copper forms an important element of both monuments. Zeta is layered: copper, limestone, stainless steel and 'Blitzcrete', an amalgam of concrete, stone and brick. The block of limestone is hollowed out to house a small copper sculpture incorporating a harmonica whose bass and treble sections face two directions inside copper wind funnels. The outside faces of this block accommodate a depiction of the 'Zeta' copper ore barque, copper waterfall, copper curtain and, on the east face, pieces of copper slag which was collected on the site of White Rock copper works.'
     Taken from SITES - Public Art in Swansea 1985-1990: 'Public Art and Enhancement in Swansea was initiated as a programme in 1984 to humanise and uplife new central area developments, particularly the Maritime Quarter ... The policy of using art and craft to improve the quality of life was adopted as a 'percent' blueprint in 1990; this provides site specific artworks as an intrinsic element of major developments. The Enhancement programme has been featured at seminars, international conferences, and in publications on public art; the Maritime Quarter development has received several awards, including Civic Trust Award, R.I.C.S. Inner City Award and Europa Nostra Award.'
    

Related works : There are many other public works of art in the central and marina areas of Swansea: contact City and County of Swansea (Planning Department) for further information.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Rowe, Andrew Metal worker
Campbell, Robin Designer
Grunewald, Theo Metal worker

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Zeta Mnemonical Copper, limestone, stainless steel, 'Blitzcrete':an amalgam of concrete, stone and brick None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SWANSEA019 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • None
Road Marine Walk
Precise location Close to the Marriot Hotel
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design c.1985-90
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Swansea City Council
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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