An imaginative, multi-colored interactive lighting scheme using LED lighting strips was put in place around paving stones at Ice House Square in SAI Swansea Waterfront. The LED strips were placed in a grid pattern to give the Prince of Wales Dock a lighting scheme and a similar style to the rest of the city center and to better link the two. Ice House Square serves as an important point of arrival for pedestrians and cyclists and is the first area of public space in SA1 that visitors see from across the Sail Bridge.
The Swansea Council in partnership with the Welsh Government commissioned international artist Peter Fink to showcase and celebrate the square as a point of arrival with a dynamic and interactive lighting scheme as part of a public art strategy. Mr. Fink won the commission after a national open call for submissions that attracted applications from overseas.
He worked with Urban Projects Limited to put the lighting scheme in place. His design intersects the formal grid of the paving with lines of light flowing diagonally across the square in and around the trees in the area. Mr. Fink set up the lights to run on a program that controls their color and speed. However, passers-by can activate sensors under the paving stones which change the light sequence. SA1 developers funded the project with money they granted for artwork in the area.
Alan Robinson, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Regeneration, said, “As the main pedestrian point of entry into SA1 from the city centre, it’s important that the Ice House Square is an impressive gateway that attracts people across the Sail Bridge. This interactive lighting scheme will transform the square by attracting more footfall and boosting businesses in the area. “
Robinson added, “Schemes of this nature are intended to develop SA1’s standing as an innovative and dynamic waterfront destination that’s attractive for residents, visitors and potential investors.”
The Prince of Wales Dock was opened in 1881 as the last of the great Victorian docks to be built in Swansea. Together with the North and South Docks, the Prince of Wales Dock transformed Swansea into one of the great ports of the Victorian world.