...it is 89 days this morning since we left the mumbles head... 2010-2013 Commissioned by, Locws International, and originally exhibited on the Swansea bay foreshore, the work was subsequently exhibited at Swansea’s Waterfront Museum, and Swansea Museum and then more recently for the Pilot Festival in Brightlingsea, Essex.
This series of eight stereoscopic images, attempts the retelling of the story of the Capehorners' 19 Century sailors who made epic and treacherous voyages aboard three masted wooden sailing ships know as Copper Barques, these voyages left from Swansea then around the Cape Horn to Valpersaiso in Chile in order to bring copper oar back to Swansea.
'Using a diary by Benjamin Davies, an industrial worker sent off to Chile on one of Swansea’s copper barques, Jackie Chettur has brought to life his epic voyage and delved into the history of the Swansea Cape Horners who brought copper ore back from Chile in the late 1800’s.
The new artwork consists of a series of staged images created by the artist using historical artefacts, models and paintings that depict the long journeys and extraordinary sights that the sailors experienced as they set sail from Swansea Bay, past Mumbles Head and out beyond the horizon.
Created using series of stereo images which are pairs of 35mm slides, the images are displayed within 8 stereo viewers set out on the seaward side of Swansea’s Civic Centre, with the view of Mumbles Head in the distance.'