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BOWCOTT
The artwork and street furniture combine to create a distinctive and imaginative streetscape.
Attention to detail – seat end caps continue the theme of strata
Creating a focal point – view looking up the shaft of the column.
The sandstone column creates a central feature and sets the theme for the artworks
Gateway boulders cut to reveal the giant ferns that made the coal.
Bespoke tree-grilles: a unique design applied to a standard item
Tonypandy High Street 1997
Working in close collaboration with landscape architect Tim Rose of Macgregor Smith, Bowcott created the first integrated series of artworks in a streetscape in Wales as part of the Tonypandy pedestrianisation project for Rhondda Cynon Taff Council. The innovative approach saw references to the area’s coal mining past manifested in images of Carboniferous Age plants and the laying down of strata that created the coal. A 4.6 metre high column of sandstone strata contains a 80cms seam of black slate – the thickness of the seam of coal in which the miners once worked. Inscribed on the slate are poems by Gillian Clarke and Menna Elfyn.