Port Talbot is major steel producing town with one of the deepest harbours in the world and has a community which is highly dependent on the steel industry.
Although industry has declined, Wales is still part of a global network, industrialised and connected. Wales still has an industrial base, very different from the heavy industry of the past but raw materials and goods are still being imported and exported to and from all parts of the globe. CARGO 2 is an antidote to the malaise and cultural amnesia felt in industrial Wales since the decline of industry.
Port Talbot is a heavily polluted area with measured air levels of particulate matter PM10 in the town reaching dangerously high levels on the government’s air pollution scale and it also has some of the highest sea acidity levels of the Welsh coastline. This is a local version of bigger and broader issues.
CARGO 2 also explores the bonding of people to places. The environment we are brought up in exerts pressure on our personality formation, and the culture in which we are raised plays a substantial role in shaping our personalities. In this way people come to feel part of a place and associate personal and group identity with the identity of that place.