National Recording Project


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

The Boatshed Doors


Type Sculpture

     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.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Conybear, Robert Designer
Campbell, Robin Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Doors Steel and marble None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Marine Walk
Precise location Close to the Observatory
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design c.1985 - 1990
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Swansea City Council
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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