The Trevithick artwork project has been in existence since
2005 when Glamorgan GATES was originally tasked with
managing the placement of public art along Phase 1 of the
route. Phase 2 of the trail was recently completed in 2008
and this marks the end of the project.
During the intervening years over 250 people have actively
been involved in the project and taken part in workshops and
consultations. However the true number of people engaged is
far greater due to the nature of some of the sculpture
demonstrations and art displays.
The artwork along the trail has been placed with the
intention of engaging users of the trail and offering an
alternative form of interpretation of the surrounding area
and hopefully enhancing the experience of the trail. In
addition, the artwork on the trail has been informed by a
range of community consultation methods and in many cases
extensive participation by groups and individuals. One
example even depicts stone silhouettes of the participants.
Throughout the duration of the project the guiding ethos
behind the Trevithick art project has been to positively
engage people with the arts and this sentiment is eloquently
expressed by Geraint Talfan-Davies:
If places like Wales need an innovative, knowledge based
economy, how do we get it without nurturing imagination…and
creativity? And what better way than through familiarising
people with the challenging imagination of artists?