A Swansea art gallery is inviting visitors to appreciate a new painting – by walking all over it.
Swansea Council’s Glynn Vivian has the 70 sq m work Habitar el Color (Living Colour) on the floor of its main showspace beneath its spectacular Edwardian atrium.
It was created as a bespoke piece of art in the Glynn Vivian by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga who has previously exhibited as far afield as New York, Warsaw and Sao Paulo.
Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “We want to offer the public art that’s exciting and challenging – and that’s what this new work is.
“It’s rare that we ask people to walk over our gallery treasures but this is one of those times!”
The floor art is part of the Glynn Vivian’s Terra Ferma, the largest UK solo exhibition by Bunga.
It brings together around 50 of his works dating the past 13 years. They include large scale installations, paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Bunga uses everyday materials such as cardboard, masking tape and wall paint encouraging viewers to rethink their experiences of space and architecture.
His Habitar el Color features an intense yellow paint covering the floor. The colour reflects upwards and surrounds visitors they enter the room space.
Carlos Bunga said: “By walking on the cracked surface of the painting, it feels as if you could be in a sun-baked landscape or drenched in sunlight. The yellow changes daily and explores ideas about time, cycles and process.”
Other works in the exhibition include landscape paintings selected by Bunga from the gallery’s permanent collection.
They depict landscapes across Wales such as Carreg Cennen, Kilvey Hill, Port Eynon and Harlech Castle. Bunga has made a series of sculptures in response to these works.
(All images: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery)
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