As part of the ‘Wonders of Weston’ Sea Change programme of public artworks, Grant Associates undertook the regeneration works for the gardens at Madeira Cove in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare. The project provided an opportunity to collaborate with the artist Tania Kovats to create a unique setting and key space at the end of the promenade.
- Inspired by the layers of stone strata on the island of Steep Holm, the existing paving was replaced with strips of dark natural stone to contrast against the feature sculpture by Tania Kovats
- The paving was broken up with areas of gravel and maritime planting, with the aspiration for the planting to colonise naturally over time
- Corten furniture was incorporated to complement the sculpture and array of colours from the coastal plant species
- The overall effect is the creation of a calm and retrospective space
- Community initiative to source and plant the scheme, including the native Steel Holm peony