Two years ago Barry Comprehensive Art Department were contacted by the artist David Mackie who invited our school to be part of a collaborative community art design project.
Mr Mackie worked with Year 11 and 12 A Level Art students designing art work based on Natural Forms. The designs were to be part of sculptural community pieces for the new Taylor Wimpey housing development ‘Golwg Y Coed’. Over 70 primary and secondary school students from five different Barry schools helped local artist David Mackie to create the striking showpiece artworks inspired by the ancient woodland which borders the Golwg Y Coed development.
Mr Mackie held a series of workshops at the five schools and used the youngsters’ best designs and ideas to create two pieces of art commissioned by Taylor Wimpey South Wales. The first artwork is a set of decorative gates and railings which surround a children’s playground at Golwg Y Coed, while the second is a series of striking slate and bronze monoliths alongside a public footpath leading from the development to the ancient Pencoedtre Wood. Both pieces feature a variety of images based on students’ drawings interpreting the natural and archaeological heritage of the woodland, which is rich with wildlife and was the site of a discovery of Iron Age remains.
On Thursday 12th November 2013 The Lord Mayor Councillor Margaret Wilkinson officially unveiled the art work. Arron Burton and Mr Cotsen attended the unveiling ceremony where Arron recognised and celebrated his designs, which he completed two years earlier.