Artist takes tour of town for inspiration

Published on: 04 Jul 2013

The artist who will create a new piece of artwork for Keynsham's new town centre joined residents on a tour around the town.

Seamus Staunton invited members of the community to show him what the town meant to them to help shape his ideas.

Among Mr Staunton’s previous work are pieces at Cardiff Bay and Tunbridge School, pictured below, which he showed to the group during an introduction at the first of the two Walkie Talkie events last month.

He said: “My intention is to develop a piece that sits on the new site that has a relationship with the architecture and with the history of the site, that has a sense of belonging there.”

Residents then plotted a route around the town to take in some of the places they felt the artist should see. Leaving from the Key Centre, the tour took the group along Charlton Road to Bristol Road to see some of the historic almshouse, then into the Memorial Park and along the river to Dapps Hill and the old mill.

One resident on the walk said the town needed something as iconic as the clock tower, adding: “We want something people can relate to and identify with, that they can look at and understand, and also shows what Keynsham has evolved from – the industry and the Roman settlement.”

Joanna Espiner, senior project manager at Willis Newson, which is behind the project, said: “The conversations have helped to give us an understanding of what people love about the past, present and future of their town and we can refer to this as we start to give a detailed shape to the public art plan for the new development.”

A public display of concepts by Mr Staunton will take place between August 5 and 9, with venue yet to be confirmed. Keep up to date on the Keynsham Town Centre Public Art Programme Facebook page.

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