National Recording Project


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

Steel Wave


Type Sculpture

     Newman: 'Two scarlet vaulting braces converge to suspend a scarlet hoop, from which hangs a triangle of triangles, each painted in a primary colour.'
     The sculpture is the centrepiece of the Usk Riverfront Promenade and is the first stage of the River Usk Regeneration Project.
     Cywaith Cymru: 'The sculpture is intended to symbolise two key elements in Newport's history, evoking maritime and industrial images, from that of a wave in the sea, to a coil of hot steel or a wharf side crane. The choice of steel as the material for the sculpture emphasises Newport's long association with the industry. The Steel Wave is designed to be in constant movement animated by the wind blowing through the triangular vanes which hang from the sculpture's central saddle.'

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Steel Wave Steel 12.5 metres high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Riverfront Promenade
Precise location Next to the Newport Bridge
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1989-91
Year of unveiling 1991
Unveiling details 1991
Commissioned by Newport Borough Council
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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