National Recording Project


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

Kinetic Monument


Type Sculpture

     Upright motorised pole with rotating arms. W.J. Strachan suggests that the piece 'evokes feelings of youthful energy. A system of calculated curves contrasts with the concrete verticals and horizontals of the building.'
     The sculpture was built at a cost of £12,500 in 1977 and was intended to be a monument to Swansea's city status. It was designed so that the arms would rotate very slightly once in 24 hours. A newspaper report from 1989 states that the motor had been switched off as the sculpture was not designed to cope with heavy Swansea rain which filled the underground motor.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Martin, Kenneth Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Steel 930cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Graffiti
Road Oystermouth Road
Precise location Outside entrance to Leisure Centre
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1977
Unveiling details 1977
Commissioned by None
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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