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

Breaking the Mould


Type Sculpture

     Information from leaflet on Changing Places and 'Breaking the Mould' produced by Groundwork UK: 'It takes the form of a giant seed which has emerged from an industrial mould. The mould is old and has been broken. The design comprises six separate pieces allowing the viewer to reassemble the jigsaw in their mind. The materials chosen - reconstituted stone for the mould and cast iron for the seed - have an obvious resonance with the former uses of many of the sites as engines of heavy industry.'
     Information from leaflet on Changing Places and 'Breaking the Mould' produced by Groundwork UK: 'In 1995 the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork was awarded £22.1 million by the Millennium Commission to support Changing Places, a major programme of work designed to involve communities in transforming derelict industrial land on their doorstep into new green amenities. Changing Places was built on three key principles: the work had to be ecologically informed, working with the grain of nature; communities were to be put at the heart of the decision-making process, reconnecting people with the natural environment; and the regeneration had to be sustainable, providing robust and manageable landscapes which could be emjoyed by all sections of the community for years to come .. In 1998 Andrew McKeown was contracted to produce a piece of public sculpture which would provide both a symbolic and a physical connection between the 21 sites that made up the Changing Places programme. He was required to work with local community groups at each of the localities to identify common themes from each project site. These themes would then be used to stimulate a design that would be appropriate for each location and meaningful to all those involved. Workshops were organised with each community and their comments, ideas and inspirations were used to create the design. A full size polystyrene model was tested on every site before the final patterns were sculpted. The result is a six-piece cast stone and iron sculpture which aims to represent the transformation each of the 21 sites has undergone, from post industrial dereliction to new environmental resource. It has been arranged in different formations depending on the wishes of the local people and the geography of each site.'

Related works : For the 21 Changing Places sites: see Sites in Wales are Penallta Community Park, Caerphilly; Taff Bargoed Community Park, Merthyr Tydfil; Tondu Park and Community Routes, Bridgend, and the Garw Valley Green Strategy, Bridgend.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
McKeown, Andrew Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Breaking the Mould (six individual pieces) Cast iron and stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road A4063
Precise location Entrance into Tondu Park
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS893843
Date of design 1998-2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details July 2001
Commissioned by Groundwork UK
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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