Shalford Swift Tower

I have been commissioned to design and create a Swift Tower, for location on Shalford Common, which will be an attractive functional piece of public art. The proposal is for a vertical column of repeating pod forms mounted on a 10.2-meter wooden pole. The pole will pass through the structure. The Swift Tower can accommodate up to 50 pairs of nesting Swifts. The choice of form, material and construction method is selected to identify with the local rural vernacular of barns, mills, silos and other rural industry. The sequence of shapes is also related to organic forms like seed pods and ears of wheat. Based on expert advice the lowest swift hole should be at least 6m above ground.

Stage 1 Design Shalford Swift Tower

Stage 1 Design Shalford Swift Tower