Cold War Steve’s windbreak art

Those braving the autumnal wind and rain on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth from today will be greeted by a giant new windbreak.

It is the work of the artist known as Cold War Steve, a 25-metre long  curved  piece of public art, facing the sea and celebrating some of Britain’s most iconic characters, suggesting positivity at a time of uncertainty.

The windbreak is part of Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea festival, and it was to have been double-sided before the second part of the diptych was vetoed by local authorities. The full work can be seen at the website

"The windbreak in Bournemouth is by far the biggest piece I have ever exhibited; it’s an engineering feat and a return to a subject I love in Bournemouth Beach, which previously featured on my work for the National Gallery of Scotland called ‘Harold, A Ghost of Lost Futures'" said the artist,  whose real name is Christopher Spencer. "It is a celebration and hopeful piece about the UK (with some local heroes included too), looking at the values that make us great - inclusivity, compassion, diversity, charity and creativity; whilst the censored ‘other side’ deals with the dark underbelly of our society, the movements of intolerance, hatred and division - issues that should never be ignored, let alone covered up.

"It also looks at the failure of political leadership. I look forward to hearing what people think about the artwork they can see and also the artwork they can’t. Someone else made that decision for them, sadly.”

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