Greater Reality of Elsewhere
for Art Across The City
230 High Street
Sinta Tantra’s artwork layers abstract spreads of geometric colour with two giant golden palm trees, creating an ambiguous imagery that reflects her Balinese origin and Western upbringing. Tantra’s artwork is part of the Art Across The High Street scheme, a partnership project to improve the appearance of Swansea City Centre funded by the Welsh Government, City & County of Swansea and Swansea BID.
Tantra’s inspiration for the piece was gained through the Travel Sketches of American writer Truman Capote, the nostalgic elements of the past combined with daydreaming of a different future. "I’m fascinated in the way in which architecture and public art leads ours bodies in certain directions across the city. Primarily, I wanted people passing by to engage with colour and imagery and then to ask more broader questions to themselves such as, how they want to live, build communities and interact with each other.”
Art Across The City artists include: Matthew Houlding, Juneau Projects, Olaf Breunning, Pete Fowler, David Blandy, Jock Mooney, Fiona Curran, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, S Mark Gubb, Bedwyr Williams.
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