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



Type Sculpture

     Taken from SITES: Public Art in Swansea 1985 - 1990: 'The Spolasco carvings range over 26 bathstone panels, arranged in a fragmentary and enigmatic manner to serve as a metaphor for the mysterious and idiosyncratic life of this quack doctor who lived in Swansea in the 1830's. The central stone portrays the 'Baron', the carving based on several portraits made over a 30 year span, with the eye witness account of Spolasco in mind. ... Here Spolasco looks out over certain events of his life, along with texts drawn from his poem published in Swansea in 1840, and maps of some of the countries and places in which he resided.'
     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
Jones, Jonah Sculptor
Watts, Meic Sculptor
Campbell, Robin Designer
Porch, Richard Designer
Denman, Brian Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Spolasco carvings Bathstone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Trawler Road
Precise location None
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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