A City of Making: Reflections on the Swansea Arts Scene

From Planet 232

by Catrin Webster

The Victorians had a knack of making steep hills and long walks into something virtuous. Constitution Hill, the start of my walk, is one of many fortifying inclines that make the topography of Swansea; a city formed from a cluster of communities bound by a gravitation towards the sea; industrial routes, mineral deposits and coal seams all mapped out along the river ways; iron, copper, zinc, steel and tin. Swansea is a city in and of its landscape. It always was a city of making; of material and materiality.

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