The Princess Way
Laura Ford’s new figurative work stands in the open space at the top of the Princess Way, a major junction and arterial route within the city centre, a waypoint that is navigated through and beyond by the people of Swansea.
Her sculpture is ‘Little Bird’; a figure of a lost child struck motionless, disorientated at a critical crossroad while under the gaze of the oncoming traffic of viewers. Laura Ford creates tension within the work by giving it the posture of a child trying to be invisible whilst being uncomfortably aware that she is in full view. She is adorned in a fancy dress bird costume that could appear either as protective armour or a demonic curse. The ‘Little Bird’ hopes she will go unnoticed until she finds her way.
Art Across The City is an exciting public art programme designed and delivered by LOCWS International, an artist-led charity based in the City of Swansea. LOCWS International commissions international and UK-based artists to create new contemporary artworks for accessible public spaces across the city.
A broad range of artworks are produced from sculpture, painting and installation to performance and film and each is inspired by an aspect of the city’s culture, heritage, architecture, people or landscape.