In the summer of 2013 Auralab was commissioned to take part in Art Across The City, an accessible public art initiative run across Swansea by Locws International. The commission involved painting a 8×8 foot cube with illustrations based on some kind of an inspiration from the area.

I spent time visiting and wandering the city of Swansea and in the process developed an idea of four “viewings” of Swansea based on my observations and interviews. Two opposing sides represented a present Swansea and a future Swansea based on what local people talked to me about: love of nature, the sea, wishing for better care for communities and preserving green spaces.

The other two sides consisted of “Swansea faces” and “Three words for Swansea”. Swansea faces was a collection of people I saw and some I spoke to with comments they said. It included the famous Swansea Jack dog, little girl playing a bunny, multicultural friendships and a loved nana. Three words for Swansea gave an interesting view into some contrasting views of the city with some love-hate relationships with the place you’ve grown up in and an appreciation of the nature and warmhearted people.

The cube was installed for a month on Princess Way, a paved area next to busy roads and surrounded by grey concrete, many empty shop fronts and some council flower pots. Locws International organised a public engagement event which involved me finishing off the future side of the cube, children drawing their future Swansea for a competition and generally talking to people about the work.

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