Make Dylan Thomas Square the Home of the Leaf Boat

On the 3rd of February the artist of the Leaf Boat in Castle Gardens was quoted as wishing for the art to be saved and found a new home in Swansea. Following resident suggestions it is found a home in the Maritime Quarter, local Welsh Lib Dem campaigner, Sam Bennett, has written to the leader of the Council suggesting it is moved to Dylan Thomas Square.

You can also sign this letter to the leader of the Council below: 

Dear Cllr Stewart

I write concerning the development and redesign of Castle Gardens, I noted an article in the Wales Online where Ms Hiscott the artist of the "Leaf Boat" sculpture in Castle Square would be keen for the art to be saved and found a new home within the city.

In this article the artist is quoted as saying: "It's important that it finds a good home in Swansea," she said. "I would like to encourage some public input about where it might go."

She said she would like the Leaf Boat to be relocated to a natural pool or, if not moved to a watery venue, to be surrounded by wildflowers.

She added: "It's important to give it a sense of being loved, which is true of everything."

I feel it would be appropriate for Swansea Council to consider this art to be given a permanent home in the Maritime Quarter, specifically in Dylan Thomas Square. I think this would be an appropriate home for this sculpture for several reasons.

  1. This is a large space, and the Leaf Boat would be a welcome addition and revamp to this space for the community.
  2. The artist in the above cited article states she was inspired by a poem by Dylan Thomas so the art being overlooked by the man himself would be an appropriate nod to this.
  3. Finally, as a piece that is reminiscent of a boat, what greater place than in the heart of Swansea’s historic docks.
    I look forward to your response on this matter.

Best wishes

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