Renovation of Beside the Sea Sculpture Nears Completion


Published Thursday 1 May 2014


Work to renovate the iconic 'Beside the Seaside... Beside the Sea' sculpture is nearing completion.


The much loved sculpture is usually seen along the causeway to Barry Island, however, its absence has been noted in recent weeks.


Originally created in 1995, by the renowned sculptor and teacher John Clinch, the popular art work is currently being renovated by the internationally recognised artist Sebastien Boyesen as part of the work to regenerate Barry Island.


Boyesen was recommended for the job by Celfwaith, a public art consultancy working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and is in the process of renovating and re-colouring the fibreglass structure.


The artist said: “There has been a lot of sanding, filling and grinding to get it to this stage, but finally we can see the light.” Boysen lives and works in Wales. He is known for his sculptural works which are placed across the UK including in Newport and Cardiff Bay.


The sculpture’s creator John Clinch sadly died in 2001. Clinch trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art and was well known for his humorous, accessible and populist art works.

'Beside the Seaside... Beside the Sea'   is one of a number of iconic commissions by Clinch that include his work; Vox Pop (The Family) (1984) for Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Diana Dors: Filmstar (1992) for MGM Cinemas and The Winchers (1995) for Strathclyde Regional Transport.


The artwork has been missed by residents and visitors to the area during its restoration. However, the sculpture is expected to be back in its traditional home on the causeway before the end of May.