Interactive Sculpture

Artist: David Mackie

Client: Taylor Wimpey South Wales

Location: Rhoose, South Wales

Services: Strategy development and commissioning

Completed: 2016


Studio Response was appointed by Taylor Wimpey South Wales to commission a public artwork for the new Channel Heights Residential Development in Rhoose. Constellations, by artist David Mackie, is an interactive public sculpture that also acts as a piece of public seating.

Positioned in the Channel Heights public play area, the artwork creates a space for people of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the night sky together. With designs influenced by the coastal panoramic position of Channel Heights, the artwork takes the form of a viewing platform: a low crescent shaped plinth in pennant stone with a capping of blue pennant stone. The surface incorporates a sequence of individual bronze reliefs depicting a series of constellations such as Sagittarius, Aquila, Orion and Circinus. Mackie’s stargazing viewing platform doubles as a functional seating area and an educational artwork, encouraging contemplation of the stars, planets and vast expanse of space above.

Images courtesy the artist.