The Boatshed Doors
Taken from SITES - Public Art in 1985 - 1990: 'The design emerged from the symbolism of the door, as the passage from one state to another; the door handle becomes the vessel of passage, containing the 'spirit of discovery' in carrara marble. The vessel of passage must be grasped in order to open the door. The upper section of the doors contains the guardian eye, which has graced the prow of many thousands of boats since recorded history began. The lower section houses the 'cetaceous domain' where float the shapely organic life-forms, but also the rusting harpoon, a euphemism for the continued slaughter of whales.'
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.
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