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 https://artsbythesea.co.uk.
"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.”