Sculpture, engraved images and text - public steps
Wide stairway linking main street with parking area. Metal handrails. Large pillar in central section of stairway with mining relief. The whole work incorporates lettering, sculptural forms and metalwork. Focal artpieces depicting local tradition at both ends of stairway.
The work was commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council as part of a three year programme, with funding from the Arts Lottery, to improve and refurbish towns in the county. The artists were found and the individual projects managed by Cywaith Cymru. For this work Howard Bowcott collaborated with a landscape architect. Major re-development was needed including the removal of a house to turn what was once a dark and very steep access way into its present incarnation.
Incised on small pillar at top of steps: Once flowing black with a darkness drawn from deep within the earth, Now a vein of clear hope, washing away the memories.
Incised on wall running down one side of stairway: Clywed afon ddisglair fel y grisial / Chwerthin iach ei dyfroedd yn tincial, Can ei glannau yn seinio a sisial, / Hi fydd yma yn ddi-ddadl / dal hanes a'i hanadl.
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