Gold palm trees take over the High Street

We are very pleased to announce our first commission as part of Art Across The City 2013, which focuses directly on the regeneration of the High Street.

Sinta Tantra’s Greater Reality of Elsewhere spans across the external facade of 230 High Street, Swansea, (above Volcano Theatre Company). Inspired by a quote by American writer, Truman Capote, Tantra layers abstract spreads of geometric colour with two giant gold palm trees, creating an ambiguous imagery that reflects her Balinese origin and Western upbringing.

Tantra said “I’m fascinated in the way in which architecture and public art leads ours bodies in certain directions across the city. Primarily, I want people passing by to engage with colour and imagery and then to ask more broader questions such as how they want to live, build communities and interact with each other.” Locws International’s Project Manager, Gordon Dalton said “It’s a real pleasure to work with an artist on such an ambitious, large-scale work in Swansea. The work reinvigorates the High Street with its sheer scale and colour.”

Sinta Tantra's new commission for Swansea's High Street

Sinta Tantra’s new commission for Swansea’s High Street

A British artist of Balinese decent, Tantra was born in New York, USA (1979), and now lives and works in London. Graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art and The Royal Academy of Arts, Tantra was awarded the prestigious Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art. She is known for her site specific murals and installations in the public realm, including Canterbury Christchurch University, TFL’s Platform For Art, Create KX London, London Borough of Camden, The Southbank Centre, Canary Wharf Group and Liverpool Biennial.

Tantra’s newest work is part of the Art Across The High Street scheme, a partnership project to improve the appearance of Swansea City Centre by commissioning bold artworks for disused or run-down retail units. The project is funded by the Welsh Government, City & County of Swansea and Swansea BID and delivered in partnership with LOCWS International. Art Across The High Street is contributing to the regeneration of Swansea City Centre, making it a more desirable, attractive location. The artworks aim to attract both a local and national audience, promoting tourism and excellent media publicity for the area and issues involved in regenerating the wider UK High Street.

Notes: The first Art Across The City 2013 event will take place 28th March – 12th May and the second will take place 28th September – 11th November, with a further eight commissions from local and international artists. A full education and outreach programme will accompany the event.

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