"Public Art in a very public way can enrich a city, reinforce its culture, create identity, give rise to myth and humour, encourage risk, represent diversity, give voice to the unsung hero and allow us to remember." Jim Hirschfield and Larry Rouche, Decadent, Public Art: Contentious Term and Contested Practice
This section outlines some of the processes within the public art programme, where possible using the words and thoughts of the key stakeholders.
Port Marine is a groundbreaking mixed use development integrating landscape, public realm and public art into a unique living and working environment. Regenerating a brownfield dockside location, this ten year programme has brought together architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists and local communities to create a unique identity for the town. The impact of the development is wide – leisure facilities, two new primary schools, a secondary school, library, and an extension to the new High Street including a new supermarket and medical centre.
The Port Marine site was originally developed to deal with corn importation and has a long history of industrial use as a nail factory, a phosphorous works and latterly a power station. The old dock has extensive views over the Bristol Channel to Wales and the new Severn Bridge.