03 December 2007
TWO dramatic steel sculptures which will dominate the skyline on Aberavon Beach have arrived.
Pictured watching the delivery of the sculptures are Artist Andrew Rowe(left) and Cabinet member for Economic Development David Lewis
The 12 metre high structures travelled to the seafront from Cumbria on low loaders before work started hoisting them on to special foundations which have been laid opposite the Aquadome and next to Franco's chip shop.
The Seafront Markers are the work of Carmarthenshire based artist Andrew Rowe working with a team of engineers led by Alan Dawson.
Andrew Rowe won the commission to build the two structures, worth almost #200,000, in a competition with almost 40 other artists.
The project forms part of the regeneration programme for Aberavon Seafront and have been jointly funded by Neath Port Talbot Council, the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Management of the project has been handled by Safle, a public arts agency based in Cardiff.
The two sculptures were both inspired by the ribbon of a kite but are contrasting in design. They will also be lit at night.
Cabinet member for Economic Development and Property Services, Councillor David Lewis said: "The presence of these two works of art will further raise the profile of Aberavon Beach.
"And this is in line with our aim to improve the attractiveness and environment of the seafront."
The Assembly Government's Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Leighton Andrews, said: "These sculptures will not only enhance the sea front quite dramatically - but they also symbolise our joint commitment to regenerate and revitalise the quality of the local environment."
Artist Andrew Rowe said: "I'm incredibly proud of this achievement. The design and construction have been an immense challenge but I am delighted with the result.
"This is by far the largest single piece of artwork to be installed in Wales and the structural engineers have referred to it as the most complex and challenging structure they have ever dealt with.
"The work effectively entails keeping approximately 11 tonnes of flowing steel forms aloft with seemingly very little contact with the ground".