public art

brunel sculptural bench

Sand Palace Arts worked with the Brunel Festival Association in Neyland to design and make a sculptural bench to mark the bicentenary of Brunel's birth.

We began working with the Neyland community on ideas and designs for the Brunel Commemorative Bench. The initial open workshop at the Brunel Festival Weekend introduced the project and offered an opportunity for the community to get involved. Many exciting designs and maquettes were created at this event.

From then up until the end of October we ran a series of design workshops with youth groups, after-school clubs and day centres in Neyland culminating in an exhibition of all the designs in Neyland Library Gallery and a final public open workshop design day.

Robert Jakes worked with all the resulting imagery to create four designs that incorporated as many of the ideas as possible. These designs were then shown to the Brunel Festival Committee who decided upon the Victorian style bench.

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courtyard mural

The National Trust for Outdoor Learning funded Sand Palace Arts to design and undertake the revamp of the Stackpole for Schools courtyard in 2002. This courtyard is used for just about everything, canoe storage, wet suit drying, breaktime, play time!

A strong element of recycling was built into the designs. The circular seating (devised by Kath), used up many metres of scrap plastic pipe and redundant plastic barrels.

Kath designed the mural around hugely enlarged marine planktons, diatoms and other water born microscopic life forms . Microbiologists may recognise freshwater organisms and even E.Coli. (representing gut bacteria), makes an appearance in there somewhere. Nice!

Sand Palace Arts continues to provide imaginative outdoor arts events for the exhilarating week school classes have repeatedly spent there.

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sculpture at the summerhouse

In 2002 Sand Palace Arts was approached by the area manager of the National Trust to create a temporary sculpture trail through historic and overgrown woods on the Stackpole estate.

The woods have several architectural features hidden in them and a network of paths. Working with school children from South Pembrokeshire and local village communities the artists devised works constructed on a larger-than-life scale linking to ideas of the garden parties once held at the now demolished ‘big house’.

Sand Palace Arts was joined on the project by Ewen MacEwen, a noted maker of living willow constructions. His knowledge and practical mastery of a satisfying and environmentally sound method of making outdoor artworks was inventive and authentic.

The project used cleared saplings to make a very large’ tea-pot’, a ‘hamper with glasses’ and ‘gateaux’ (the children had fun with mud), among other things. The workshops were able to accommodate the specific needs of a minority group visiting the area. The project used degradable materials throughout and was so successful that the works stayed long past their removal date and several of the branches had time to take root!

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