|During 2000 I was appointed as the
artist in residence for the Sustrans National Cycle Route. I
was responsible for designing, making and installing wall based
artworks along a 7 mile stretch on spectacular coastline from
Rhyl to Prestatyn.
This was a major millennium project attracting funding from
the Millennium Commission, Welsh Tourist Board, Rhyl and Prestatyn
Town Council, Rhyl West Community Strategy, Llandrillo College
and the European Small Grants Fund. It was managed jointly
by Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales, Denbighshire County Council
and Llandrillo College.
Schools, colleges, local arts groups, community groups, youth
groups were involved throughout the project. Collaboratively
we produced a broad range of wall based ceramics and mosaics
spanning the length of the route. Although Sustrans now has
the largest collection of public artworks in Europe, this
project is one of the few to involve the community so extensively.
As well as the larger pieces shown here, there are 20 smaller
sections of mosaics. These form a signiture of wavy lines
to encourage and inspire the cyclist or walkers at intervals
along the route. There is good wheelchair access throughout.
Such was the support and interest in the work that additional
projects were commissioned for the RSPCA clinic in West Rhyl.
An area of high vandalism, the work has remained untouched.