Rugby World Cup kickoff

On the eve of the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament – Cardiff City Council in conjunction with the WRU have commissioned local artists to bring the Millennium Walkway back to life and feature works along the length of the walkway.

Created back in 1999 when the new Millennium Stadium was opened ready for Wales to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup tournament it had sporadically been used to house art over that period with the most colourful art on display now.

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Credit: Sean Kisby

Work has now begun to represent all the teams playing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup along the blue fencing with local photographer Sean Kisby capturing the paint jam in action on Saturday.

Below is a full showcase of all countries taking part in the tournament beginning with these representing Australia and Japan from Oner and co.

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

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Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Next Tonga, Argentina and host country England are represented by artists Trex, Ryderz and Smak.

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

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Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Cardiff regular Enta has bagged the centre spot and features the Rugby World Cup trophy aka The Webb Ellis Cup in all it’s glory.

Then three pieces representing Romania and possibly Ireland next with the remaining piece being a tribute to local DJ Anthony ‘Brave Toaster‘ Hughes who recently passed away.

His legacy still lives on in his music which can be played at :- https://soundcloud.com/brave_toaster

RIP Brother.

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Moving along the wall and a few more pieces representing New Zealand, Italy, France and South Africa from local artists Amoe, Amok and Hoxer. Great work fellas!

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
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Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

And next to the entrance gates is a stand out piece representing Wales by artist Amelia ‘Unity’ Thomas – now that’s how you paint a flag!

The main body of the dragon contains the word ‘Unity’ complete with some patriotic daffs and another plug for the Grow Wild UK campaign to gain funding for a local project.

More details on the Grow Wild UK street art and campaign can be viewed on the link below:-
https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/nature-watching/

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art 
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Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

And then last but not least completing the sporting line-up is artwork representing Scotland and Uruguay.

Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff
Rugby World Cup street art Cardiff

Sprinkled throughout the whole range of countries is a nature theme with small flowers, plants, trees and even dragonflies turning up along the whole wall.

Well done to everyone involved including Scot, Ripe, Amok, Karm, News, Hoxe, Amoe, Rens, Enta, Ryder, Smak, T-Rex, Bnie, Ref, Tao and SPK – let the battle commence.

C’mon Wales! #IAmWales #rwc2015

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. kizz2014 says:

    Thanks for the explanation and the great set of photos. Glad someone’s finally done something with that bare wall!!

    Liked by 1 person

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