Purton Road Bridge Swindon – something I’ve seen often but have never thought too much about until Roger Ogle posted the photograph below on Facebook. That prompted me to ask him for more information about it.
So a week or so ago I watched a super talk, via the ubiquitous Zoom, arranged by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery. The speaker was a sculptor by the name of Joseph Ingleby. His name might not mean anything to you but a piece of his work will. For Joseph is the creator of the Turtle Storm sculpture that resides in Queen’s Park.
The Watchers restored.
Among the doom and gloom of Covid and Brexit and town centre shop closures there’s some good local news in the restoration of The Watchers.
The Watchers form part of the West Swindon sculpture walk. These sculptures are a culturally significant part of the West Swindon landscape, installed in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Roger Ogle has done much to champion them – then much than him – later so have I. Despite the fact that they’ve been shamefully neglected by our town’s leaders for decades now, they remain things of enjoyment and an untapped resource I’m sure. If the powers that be did but know it.
Public Art in Swindon: I’ve no idea how much public art other towns have but it seems to me that Swindon has an astonishing amount.
‘When I began blogging about Swindon, the public art was one of the first things I turned my keyboard to. Not that I even knew the term then. Back in the corner of Derbyshire I left behind, the closest I got to it was an ancient village pump, a cenotaph and a redundant and rusting pit-winding wheel. Hence, discovering all the public art in Swindon was quite the revelation. It’s not possible to write about all of it here but, if you’re so inclined, Born Again Swindonian has oodles of posts about Swindon’s public art – in particular the West Swindon sculpture trail.’
You may (or may not) remember that Angela and I walked half of the River Ray Parkway last year, from Moulden Hill to John Lewis. This summer (2019) we finally got around to walking the second half, John Lewis to Coate Water.
Everyone knows about Swindon’s incredible railway history, and the effect it had on the world during its heyday. But fewer people are aware of is Swindon’s aviation heritage. But this piece of public art at the Orbital centre in north Swindon is doing its bit to spread the word.
I’ve been meaning for long enough to get some photographs of this memorial in the GWR Park on the blog. It had its unveiling back in November 2018.
1st September 2017 [jetpack_subscription_form] First things first listeners: how ON EARTH did it get to be September already?! Now ... In the early days of this blog - in the summer of 2013 even - I wrote a post about the sculpture of the Great Blondinis. If you've...
14th January 2017 A Blue Plaque Above the Dors ‘I’m the kind of girl that things naturally happen to. When they don’t, I give them a push’.Diana Dors A Diana Dors Blue Plaque. Well! It's not every day you see a candy pink Cadillac in Old Town that's for sure. How...
9th January 2017 [jetpack_subscription_form] Put your hands together please Applause sculpture at Swindon Arts Centre These are dark days in Swindon. What with the Health Hydro hullabaloo (https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/the-health-hydro/)and the...
When I mention RAM dear listeners I speak not of Random Access Memory a la computer land but of the Swindon Ram Public Art piece in Old Town
4th December 2016 [jetpack_subscription_form] 'Today I went to a field in Wiltshire to witness the unveiling of a life-sized plaster elephant.' A sentence I expected to utter never. But life is full of surprises huh? So. We have an elephant. in Swindon - well...