Cardiff’s Millennium Walkway was built for the opening of the Millennium Stadium and the Rugby World Cup back in 1999 and snakes it’s way up between the stadium and the River Taff.
Recently it has become a mecca for some graffiti – with numerous tags, stencils and stickers appearing along the grey plastic hoardings.
They have appeared quite regularly at the Castle end of the walkway and then attract even more work the longer they are left there without removal.
It was quite surprising to find something a bit more elaborate and colourful nearer the stadium itself!
A huge giant pink ‘Sonia’ had appeared with the tagline ‘Be yourself’ and maybe the artist’s name alongside? (Malaga?)
Workmen cordoned off the area to remove the graffiti with a mixture of chemicals and high pressure jets.
As the removal method is only applied to the graffiti itself – a shadow of each work is left imprinted on the plastic hoardings anyway!
I’m not sure the mish-mash of what is left is that aesthetically pleasing either! It seems to have attracted the taggers back to paint over the already removed tags!
Removing graffiti seems to be a continuing problem for Cardiff Council with graffiti spreading around different parts of the city – as soon as its removed more pops up nearby.
Here ‘Lout’ has daubed numerous tags over Canton Bridge (really called Cardiff Bridge) and along Coldstream Terrace.
I’m sure when the walkway was originally built it included some artwork (possibly constructed from wood) of famous rugby players from over the years in the colours of red, white and green and has since also housed paintings and other art works from local schools over the years.
Therefore I wonder whether this walkway is given permission to become an official outside art gallery for people from Cardiff to take control of and showcase work?