Tunnel Vision

Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street ArtAn elaborate maze of tunnels and roads weaves it’s way underneath the main railway line heading into the South Wales city of Swansea.

The fantastic arched brick structures have provided passageways for many years but have recently had a makeover courtesy of The Tunnel Vision Jam.
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Swansea Street Art

What had previously become a dark, uninviting area blighted by anti-social behaviour and drug use – was now being reclaimed and totally transformed for the general public to freely and safely use again.

The project is a collaboration between Swansea-based ‘Fresh Murals Co‘, the ‘HigherStreet International’ along with Network Rail who are helping connect a group of local people to paint in the tunnel.

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A whole selection of street art and graffiti now line the bricked tunnel which connects The Strand to the High Street near the station.

The brief was to turn the tunnel into a much safer and pleasant environment – and they have succeeded as it now does make a difference to the area.

Some local artists that feature many times throughout the tunnel are Pos, BNIE, Tease and FTOS. As some of the work from the paint jam has already been painted over there is a mixture of work from the jam and newer works featured here.

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Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art

Amelia ‘Unity’ Thomas painted as part of the jam with her stunning blue work greeting you as you enter the tunnel section of the passageway.

Also heavily involved was Mr Plob whose work is apparent throughout the whole tunnel.

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Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
The notorious underpass has now been successfully transformed into a much safer and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

New improved lighting is also being planned for the tunnel soon.

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Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Bright, colourful work continues outside the tunnel on the bricked wall leading upto the High Street.

One piece features this ‘young’ piece and a Bob The Builder type character whereas another features this dinosaur from the NCF crew.

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Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
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Even more work from Mr Plob and his trademark robot characters line even more of the tunnel.

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Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art

For the Tunnel Vision Jam most artists came and used paint on the walls but some opted for something that little bit different!

Near the High Street end one artist had used a variety of material on this sparkling purple and gold creation – complete with oozing drips and some flowers for that final touch.

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Swansea Street Art
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Swansea Street Art

Some fabric and other embellishments were dotted throughout the tunnel area too.

And finally some work with wool on a metal fence to add some interest to an otherwise boring grey fence.

Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art
Swansea Street Art

A great project to reclaim the streets – well done to everyone involved!

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