Public Art in Cardiff: Peter D Cox Cardiff Civic Society event Chapter 04042011

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for article) about public art in the city.

Second in a series of talks/discussions about the aesthetics of city life - more details on cardiffcivicsociety.org.

Peter D Cox can be followed on twitter @peterdcox

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  • Public Art in Cardiff: Peter D Cox Cardiff Civic Society event Chapter 04042011

    1. 1. Cardiff Cymdeithas Civic DdinesigSociety CaerdyddWelcome | Croeso to Chapter 5 April 2011
    2. 2. Cardiff Cymdeithas Civic DdinesigSociety Caerdydd Pleaseremember Thanksto turn off Diolch your mobile
    3. 3. Welcome Croeso
    4. 4. Seeing things: a new series @Chapter Art for freeCardiff’s Public Art Peter D Cox founder director of Birmingham’s Ikon a visual tour and Gallery, ran his own art gallery, art critic debate for Birmingham Evening Mail and others, has curated exhibition of public art and by artists such as Richard Hamilton, Yoko Ono, Peter Blake
    5. 5. starting in the past - 1968
    6. 6. John Willett’s research -Liverpool
    7. 7. John Willett’s research -Liverpool
    8. 8. John Willett’s research -Liverpool
    9. 9. what he found then (as now?)
    10. 10. what he found then (as now?) for Bluecoat Society of Arts 1965 a wide ranging study not just about pubic art
    11. 11. what he found then (as now?) for Bluecoat Society of Arts 1965 a wide ranging study not just about pubic art Art and society: over the past hundred years or so these words have become inseparables, till today their coupling produces an automatic yawn
    12. 12. what he found then (as now?) for Bluecoat Society of Arts 1965 a wide ranging study not just about pubic art Art and society: over the past hundred years or so these words have become inseparables, till today their coupling produces an automatic yawn
    13. 13. Goscombe John and others ...
    14. 14. Goscombe John and others ... Monumental sculpture “either ignored or actively resented. There cannot be more than a tiny handful of people in Liverpool who either know or care who such statues are by”
    15. 15. Goscombe John and others ... Monumental sculpture “either ignored or actively resented. There cannot be more than a tiny handful of people in Liverpool who either know or care who such statues are by” 99% of what passes by our eyes has no conscious or organisation tradition behind it
    16. 16. we even have a John Lewis
    17. 17. we even have a John Lewis One of Epstein’s less successful works, but the immediate focus of the spectator’s attention on the figure’s genitals has remained distracting to the citizens, so that the three smaller smaller but more impressive panels underneath go largely unobserved.
    18. 18. art, architecture, or urban design it becomes hard to draw a line between art in the strict sense and civic and industrial design. The arts are no longer segregated into a gallery, to be looked at with specially-conditioned eyes; often they are stripped even of the largely reverential aura that accompanies their religious or educational use.
    19. 19. and ‘public’opinionThere is a still a great gulf betweenmodern art and the public which isignored only at the cost of pain to allconcernedIt is all too easy to compromise onexcessively timid works which are justas likely to discredit public art by boringpeople until they no longer look at …them .
    20. 20. Public Art in Cardiff: what’s itfor?
    21. 21. The Times 26 November 1889 “In theory we all acknowledgethat it is desirable to bring art home to the masses of thepeople”
    22. 22. The Times 26 November 1889 “In theory we all acknowledgethat it is desirable to bring art home to the masses of thepeople”(Public art) become(s) woven into other activities, where theymay be noticed or not according to their merits - and theobserver’s visual alertness - and must harmonise or competewith a thousand different sights, most of them man-made
    23. 23. The Times 26 November 1889 “In theory we all acknowledgethat it is desirable to bring art home to the masses of thepeople”(Public art) become(s) woven into other activities, where theymay be noticed or not according to their merits - and theobserver’s visual alertness - and must harmonise or competewith a thousand different sights, most of them man-madeThe difficulty facing public art .. is that when it is more or lesstraditional in style, nobody will notice it, while when it is not it isnoticed all right, but is likely to be taken as a personal affront bythe public
    24. 24. There is a conscious feeling among leading councillors .. that itwould help the city in many ways if it could earn a reputation forbeing visually more interesting and agreeable. This would … bebound to have some influence on key members of its staff(coming to the city) ….
    25. 25. There is a conscious feeling among leading councillors .. that itwould help the city in many ways if it could earn a reputation forbeing visually more interesting and agreeable. This would … bebound to have some influence on key members of its staff(coming to the city) ….Q .. what is it you are working for? For people to see it and torespond to it. To recognise something in an abstract way.David Smith, sculptor May 1965
    26. 26. Cardi Public Art Register S t r a t e g i c P l a n n i n gCardiff’s Public Art Registerand mapping tool
    27. 27. Cardi Public Art Register S t r a t e g i c P l a n n i n gCardiff’s Public Art Registerand mapping tool
    28. 28. 3 Ellipses for 3LocksFelice Varini 2007Cardiff Bay BarrageThe artwork is ananamorphic illusionand can only beviewed as threecomplete circlesfrom a singlevantage point onthe Cardiff BayBarrage.
    29. 29. Animal WallThomas Nicholls1888Alexander Carrick1931Castle StreetThe Wall originallyconsisted of nineanimals and waslocated outsideCardiff Castle. Sixnew animals wereadded when it wasmoved to its currentlocation in the1920’s.
    30. 30. Statue of JoyanceWilliam GoscombeJohn 1899Thompson’s Park
    31. 31. All HandsBrian Fell 2001Custom HouseStreetLocated on the pathof the historicGlamorganshireCanal, ‘All Hands’depicts the canalworkers pulling theirboats along withheavy ropes.
    32. 32. Billy The SealDavid Petersen1997Victoria ParkHaving beenrescued from thenets of a fishingboat operating outof Cardiff Docks,‘Billy’ the Seal livedin Victoria Park Lakefrom 1912 until hisdeathin 1939.
    33. 33. AllianceJean-Bernard Metais2009Hayes PlaceReferencing themajor role of thesea in the city’seconomic history,‘Alliance’s’ hoopcontains a visibleliquid that rises andfalls with themovement of thetide.
    34. 34. Skylon, Festival ofBritainArchitects: Powell &Moya (1951)Photograph: J.Maltby (1951)Source: RIBA BritishArchitectural LibraryPhotographsCollection
    35. 35. Cader IdrisWilliam Pye 1999Wetlands Reserve,Cardiff BayThis sandstonesculpture wasinspired by themountains, lakesand valleysof Wales and inparticular ‘CaderIdris’ in Snowdonia.
    36. 36. Celtic RingHarvey Hood 1993Roald Dahl PlassThe ring marks thestart of the 55 mileTaff Trail betweenBrecon an Cardiff.It’s textured surfacecontains maritimedetails includingtidal chartsassociated withCardiff’s Docks.
    37. 37. MerchantSeafarer’s WarMemorialBrian Fell (Mosaicby LoiuseShenstone andAdrian Butler) 1996Harbour Drive,Cardiff BayThe sculpturecombines the hull ofa ship with theshape of a timelessface. It is amemorial to theMerchant Seamenfrom South Waleswho served duringWorld War II.
    38. 38. Family GroupRobert Thomas2005Churchill Way
    39. 39. MinerGirlMother and SonRobert Thomas2005Queen StreetGorsedd Gardens
    40. 40. People Like UsJohn Clinch 1993Tacoma Square,Mermaid QuayThe sculpturecelebrates thepeople who livedand worked inCardiff docks duringthe late 19th andearly 20th century.
    41. 41. Statue of IvorNovelloPeter Nicholas 2009Roald Dahl Plass
    42. 42. Pigeon WaveMartin Smith 2003Central Station,Central SquareBased on thecharacters thatinhabit the building,nine pigeons sit in arow above therailway stationsclock and rise andflap their wings as asmall toy train runsby.
    43. 43. Without PlaceSculptureworks2011Charles StreetOriginally a busyresidential streetwith bustling shops,offices and a rangeof trades andservices, WithoutPlace provides atrace of CharlesStreets past culturalhistory.
    44. 44. Three Obliques(Walk In)Barbara Hepworth1968Corbett Road
    45. 45. Barbara Hepworth
    46. 46. Wind HedgeAssembly FieldDanny Lane 2006The Senedd,Harbour DriveAlthough theyenclose TheSenedd, the fiveparallel rows ofthirty-two verticalglass elements echothe design of thebuilding by beingboth transparentand permeable.
    47. 47. Wind HedgeAssembly FieldDanny Lane 2006The Senedd a perfect marriage between art, its environment and us as participants
    48. 48. Furniture as art?
    49. 49. Sleeping DragonsWilliam GoscombeJohn 1904University of Wales,Civic Centre
    50. 50. Delta StreetSeatingAndrew Rowe andSimon Fenoulhet2010Delta Street
    51. 51. PalisadeDenys Short 1991Waterfront Park,Cardiff BayThis polishedstainless steelsculpture has thepractical purpose ofconcealing andprotecting thehydraulic equipmentfor the nearbyRoath Basin lockgates.
    52. 52. Public Art in Cardiff: what’s itfor?
    53. 53. Public Art Strategy enhance the environment contributing to all aspects of urban design contribute to the character of an area - aid legibility encourage inward investment involve local people with artists to improve their environment enrich the city’s cultural profile .. develop civic pride.. create a distinctive ‘image’ for Cardiff
    54. 54. truly monumental
    55. 55. artist control?
    56. 56. location, locationTyrebagger Circle,Gavin Scobie, 2003The structure ofwooden fencesarranged in threeconcentric circleseach progressivelyhigher and densertowards the centre,invites visitors tocontemplate thetreetops and skyabove.
    57. 57. curation, conservation, responsibilityDrift of theCurlewsSally Ann Matthews2000Havannah StreetThe group of bronzecurlews arelocated next to theCardiff BayWetlands Reserveand reflect theabundance ofwildlife in the area.
    58. 58. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest?
    59. 59. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest?Goals:
    60. 60. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city
    61. 61. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city• to strengthen its own identity to its own citizens and to outsiders
    62. 62. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city• to strengthen its own identity to its own citizens and to outsiders• to stimulate a distinctive (Cardiff) art
    63. 63. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city• to strengthen its own identity to its own citizens and to outsiders• to stimulate a distinctive (Cardiff) art• to break down barriers which isolate art and design as supposed inessentials
    64. 64. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city• to strengthen its own identity to its own citizens and to outsiders• to stimulate a distinctive (Cardiff) art• to break down barriers which isolate art and design as supposed inessentials• create an exciting atmosphere for persons and institutions concerned with art
    65. 65. So, what did JohnWilletts suggest? Goals:• to humanise and beautify the reconstruction of the city• to strengthen its own identity to its own citizens and to outsiders• to stimulate a distinctive (Cardiff) art• to break down barriers which isolate art and design as supposed inessentials• create an exciting atmosphere for persons and institutions concerned with art
    66. 66. QuestionsDiscussion
    67. 67. ymdeithasCardiff C dinesig Our work on the Civic D aerdyddSociety C Local Development Plan Cardiff Civic Society is one of the few organisations taking the strategic view Plan of the city’s future for 2026 eve lopment Card iff Local D Help by 26 2006-20 1 aper No G re e n P hallenge s ✦being informed ey C O ur Five K ay, 16 Fe bru ary 2011 ✦contributing expertise Wednesd ✦lobbying for our views ociety.org cardiffcivis ct chair@ org Conta ivicsociety. w.cardiffc http://ww c Society Cardiff Civi
    68. 68. Joining isimportantCardiff Civic Society relies onmembership subscriptions to support itevents and its workJust £7 a year (this year) £10 for twopeoplePick up a leaflet now
    69. 69. ThanksDiolch

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