The dream of Cardiff Bay was originally to be a mecca for leisure and sporting activities with the huge man-made lake to be the centre-piece for attracting a range of sports.
The reality has been the introduction of the Extreme Sailing series, the building (eventually) of a new icerink, a white water rafting complex and umm that’s about it.
So it’s great to see that some smaller projects have come to fruition like a small outside gym and this 1,100 square meter skatepark on the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
Cardiff Council had commissioned local artist Peaceful Progress to brighten up the concrete and brick skatepark with some colourful artwork – and he didn’t disappoint.
Officially named ‘The Plaza’ the artist had used inspiration from the original name of the area, ‘Tiger Bay’, and represented this in many forms throughout the park – including this fiery Welsh dragon.
It’s great to see some history being reflected in the art with the Welsh spelling of the area’s original name ‘Tiger Bay’ – there was so much rich history from these parts of the city but it’s not easy to come by since the huge development that has totally changed the area over the last twenty years.
Just look at that skyline in the background – I’m sure there used to be a museum around these parts somewhere!
The text ‘Croeso i Bae Teigr’ translates to ‘Welcome to Tiger Bay’ – where a large tiger also features on the adjoining concrete ramp.
Whilst the old, traditional working part of The Bay diminishes each year the new meets with the old to make for some interesting photos!
And with this amazing street art plus a load of skaters you may expect a bit of extra work, tags and stickers to appear too – nothing too major but here’s a small selection.