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New public art trail in Swansea goes live this week

Artist Joshua Donkor, right, with Swansea Council cabinet member Elliott King and head of cultural services Tracey McNulty and Joshua's World Reimagined globe. It's being installed for all to enjoy in the city centre's Quadrant shopping centre.

The people of Swansea will be able to take a journey of discovery through a thought-provoking new public art trail from this week.

The forthcoming few days are due to see ten artist-designed globe sculptures installed in streets and other locations across the city centre. Local school pupils have created others that are also set to be on show.

The globes – nearly six feet tall – explore our shared history and how it has been shaped by the complex relationship we have with Africa and the Caribbean. They aim to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, its impact on all of us and how we can make racial justice a reality.

From this week until the end of October, the fibreglass globes will be on show as part of a UK-wide project called The World Reimagined, supported by official presenting partner SKY and by Swansea Council.

A Swansea local community launch is due to take place this Wednesday at the National Waterfront Museum from noon-4pm. Other events are planned to follow over the coming months.

Council cabinet member Elliott King said: “Swansea’s a diverse city, with more than 100 languages spoken here. We’re proud to be an open and welcoming community with City of Sanctuary status.

“We believe The World Reimagined will strengthen our communities’ connections with each other, encouraging people to think in fresh and positive ways about our past, present and future.”

Swansea’s globes have been created by artists from across the UK. Globe locations include Swansea Castle, the Quadrant shopping centre and the top of Princess Way.

School globes can be found in the National Waterfront Museum, the Grand Theatre and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

Via a digital platform, people will be able to plan their enjoyment of the trail from this Saturday when the full trail details will be released.