Bringing together four Swansea residents, whose lives are connected through working at Amazon’s nearby enormous warehouse, UHC employed state-of-the-art 3D scanners and laser-cut cardboard packaging to engineer portraits of local people on a suitably monumental scale. Sitting in the plinth–like architecture of Swansea bus station, the heads take on the role of overlookers, silently observing people as they come and go from the station.
The General Public was commissioned alongside five other new works (including work by Jeremy Deller and Bob & Roberta Smith) as part of Art Across The City and the Swansea centenary celebrations of its most celebrated poet and author, Dylan Thomas.
Made from over a tonne of cardboard, the piece was accompanied by four micro-stories by writer Niall Griffiths whose words added a fictional voice to the giant silent heads.
The General Public, Swansea City Bus Station 12th April – 1st June 2014.
Commissioned by LOCWS International