National Recording Project


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

Musical Osprey - Leaving The Nest


Type Sculpture

     Sound sculpture of two ospreys, one nesting and the other about to take flight. The birds are set on a circular blue and yellow flooring (?Astro-turf?)
     The work was commissioned to mark the reopening of Blackpill Lido in August 2000. As the work is situated by the play area it was intended that children should be able to make tunes from the birds. They can 'gong' the feathers of the nesting bird and 'bat' the tubes of the bird about to take flight using either flip flops or bats. The osprey is Swansea's civic emblem. The scheme was jointly funded by the Welsh Tourist Board, the European Regional Development Fund and the city and county of Swansea. Urban Strawberry Lunch were formed in 1988 and are based in Liverpool. They make and play all of their own musical instruments, largely from things that people have thrown away. They are also involved with Sound Sculpture projects such as Blackpill Lido, and with education. For further information, see
     The event was the reopening of Blackpill Lido in August 1998.


Information at the site states that the sound sculptures were made by Urban Strawberry Lunch.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Urban Strawberry Lunch, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Osprey taking flight Galvanised sheet steel 150cm at highest point. 530cm at widest point
Nesting osprey Galvanised sheet steel 130cm at highest point. 220cm at widest point

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road A4067
Precise location In the grounds of Blackpill Lido
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS619908
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1998
Unveiling details 5 August 1998
Commissioned by City and County of Swansea
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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