Golwg y Coed public art commission
Golwg y Coed is a new housing development on the outskirts of Barry. The site is adjacent to Pencoetre Wood, which is an ancient woodland. The woodland context and natural character of the site was retained through planting of new hedgerows and trees and retaining existing trees where possible.
The development also includes a new playground and the artist David Mackie was commissioned to design the gates to the playground and motifs to add to the railings. He also designed a series of markers along the footpath leading from the main road into the development, which runs along the boundary of the woods.
David worked with several local schools to develop the design, including Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, Cadoxton Primary, Barry Comprehensive, Colcot Primary and St Richard Gwyn RC High School. The theme for the workshops was 'the woodlands and its wildlife' and pupils made drawings, relief work and maquettes. David then translated many of the pupils' work into the roundels on the playground railings, and the bronze relief panels set into the stone markers.
The project was commissioned by Taylor Wimpey plc as part of the Vale of Glamorgan's percent for art policy.