Burnham-on-Sea public artwork

Seed have teamed up with Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council to commission a brand new piece of artwork for the seawall in Burnham-on-Sea.

The sea wall runs along the boundary of the footway on the western side of the Esplanade and South Esplanade, above the beach. It was built in 1988 to help prevent the likes of damage experienced in huge storms in December 1981, when the town was flooded with sea water.

The art site is within a half-mile stretch of wall between the planned new play area at South Esplanade and the Burnham-on-Sea pavilion. Artists were invited to submit an initial proposal to a selection panel comprising representatives of Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council, Seed and community representatives.

Svetlana Kondakova

The proposals by the two shortlisted artists, Svetlana Kondakova and Orakel Workshop, were displayed on banners alongside a voting box at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-on-Sea as well as in pop-up locations along South Esplanade last month. Members of the public also had the option to vote online via the Seed website. Close to 1,000 votes were received, with only 72 votes separating the two proposals. Svetlana Kondakova’s mosaic murals portraying views of Bridgwater Bay mudflats, and the variety of wildlife they support above and below the surface, were chosen as the public’s favourite.

“I am extremely grateful to every single person that voted, winning this commission means the world to me.” Said Ms Kondakova. “Burnham-on-Sea is a fascinating place, to be able to look out onto these wildlife-rich mudflats right from the esplanade is really special. My mosaic murals aim to bridge the built and the natural environments by making it look like you are looking through the wall onto the mudflats. With the kind help of local marine biologists and wildlife experts, I have discovered many beautiful and wondrous microorganisms that hide below the surface and I plan to continue with this research in order to be able to highlight the importance of living things of all sizes in this unique habitat.