Wonders of Weston features artworks by internationally renowned contemporary artists Ruth Claxton, Tim Etchells, Lara Favaretto, Tania Kovats in association with landscape architects Grant Associates, raumlaborberlin and Wrights & Sites.

About Wonders of Weston

Each of the artists or collectives responded to the specific characteristics of Weston-super-Mare, often drawn to existing architectural structures or gathering points such as the former Model Yacht Pond, Weston Indoor Market, the Railway Station and Town Quarry. The resulting programme features sculptures which transform viewing points out to sea, a kaleidoscopic mobile pavilion and a night-time luminescent phenomenon, which play on the carnival wonderment of the seaside, as well as a number of texts, illuminated, cast and etched, which encourage us to consider the seaside as a place of childhood memories, contemplation and anticipation.

More information on the artworks and artists is available here.

As part of the public art programme, public nominations were requested for the Seventh Wonder of Weston – visit the nominations here.

See a response to the Wonders of Weston here.

A publication will be developed throughout 2011 with Book Works. For more information visit www.situations.org.uk

Wonders of Weston has been produced by Situations, a public art commissioning and research programme at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in association with Field Art Projects, an arts consultancy operating in the public realm. The programme has been developed as part of the nationally acclaimed Sea Change initiative (2008 - 2010), funded by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE 1999 - 2011) on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is managed by North Somerset Council. To find out more about North Somerset Council's Sea Change programme, please click here.

To find out more about what Weston residents think about the Wonders of Weston, read their blog at The Weston Wonderers. The blog is a critical space for researching, reflecting on and responding to public art in Weston-super-Mare.

Photography by Max McClure and Jamie Woodley unless otherwise stated.
Announcement card image courtesy John Arnold.
Artists interviews video production by Kingmonkey Media.