Nexus, the sculpture created by the late Japanese artist Hideo Furuta at Freshbrook Village Centre, has had a partial makeover.
Freshbrook councillor Cindy Matthews had asked for repairs to be carried out after resident Jon Ratcliffe drew attention to the deterioration in the artwork.
In 1986 Hideo moved to Swindon with his family and spent six months on site carving huge blocks of blue pennant stone from a quarry in South Wales – the same as used at Stonehenge – into three interlocking segments mounted on wooden railway sleepers.
The project was funded by Thamesdown Council’s per cent for art scheme, but after 26 years the stones had become unstable as the supporting wood started to rot.
Cllr Matthews said: “Nexus has been a feature at Freshbrook Centre since it was built; it has a history associated with the community. It needed some TLC and I’m glad the council’s parks department has replaced the rotten wood.”
However the work is not to everybody’s liking. Village shopkeepers have told Cllr Matthews that the art piece should be relocated, though this would leave an open space.
Dentist Brendon Ball from the adjacent surgery is concerned that the sculpture will continue to be a seating area for drunks and a place to trap litter. “It’s all very well making the stones safe, but the surrounding area is just broken tarmac that needs to be repaired.”