The Wymering Wall in Portsmouth is a massive artwork in brick, stone and flint and is part of the Wymering Public Art Project, whose recent opening marked the fruition of four years of artistic effort and the active involvement of the local community.
The Lottery funded project had its origins in a proposed new multi-purpose community sports centre. Various local artists were asked to respond to its public arts potential and the result reflects both their individual approaches and the input of local residents.
A physical boundary between the new centre and the main road was needed.
Artist Peter Codling responded with a wall that unfolds for 129m of bending, coiling brickwork, creating dynamic shapes from every angle. The radii are tight - the 129m of wall is compressed along a 90m boundary - and called for expertise in manufacture and bricklaying.
So did the double-archway gate with rope spiral columns which mark the pedestrian entrance.
The brickwork, by local builders Trevor Duke and Bradley Drackett, has been singled out for praise.
This is a narrative wall: the bricks are inscribed with community names, dates and quotes inscribed by residents before firing. The flints were from the site, and a local collector donated the fossils which are embedded in mortar.
The project was initiated by Portsmouth City Council's City Arts and in partnership with the Wymering Community Association.