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Swansea Point

The public art Strategy for Persimmon Homes enhances the landscaping and public routes in this £80m housing development of 600+ homes on a derelict factory site on Swansea seafront.

Based on a new crescent-shaped public park at the heart of the development, art installations are intended to link key pedestrian sites to each other and to the development.

The first two 6 metre steel and slate installations, by London-based sculptor Rob Olins, respond to "listening" devices placed around south coasts of England in the First and Second World Wars: these will "listen" to the sea, and be installed in early 2008.

The second acoustic sculpture will be visually linked to the first of two free-standing interactive waves of light, by Peter Freeman, which will give a gently changing flow of colours to create a marker for two main public spaces, Crescent Park and Harbour View Square. These will have synchronised programming and be controlled by environmental factors including tide, wind speed and atmospheric pressure.

(photo inset: acoustic sculpture by Rob Olins)