After standing proud on the side of Marland House next to Cardiff’s bus station for exactly two years – it was now time for the building to be demolished along with the rest of the area and for some great street art to vanish forever.
As the Central Square development gathers pace – even world renowned artist Phlegm couldn’t escape the destruction from the developers.
So work recently began to knock down Marland House which should be fully completed by December and the removal of the Welsh born street artists work.
Phlegm’s work was based on the old Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd which consists of a mare’s skull fixed to the end of a wooden pole – with a white sheet fastened to the back of the skull, concealing the pole and the person carrying the Mari.
Also black cloth ears may be sewn onto the cloth and this is illustrated here with a very long, almost snake-like version!
Click the link below to view the original post and more detailed photographs of the original piece:-
Some may call this progress but it really is a shame to see such high calliber work being torn apart piece by piece.
Particles of dust, water and hard work filled the air whilst the constant noise of the mechanical claw continually ground away at the ageing structure.
Regeneration is good from a street art point of view as councils and developers quite often allow artists to paint on the old buildings and hoardings that surround the development.
It was great to see new pieces of street art popping up around this area previously especially with the commissions as part of the Empty Walls festival.
Once the top floor of the building was demolished it was time to attack the floor below. Little by little this masterpiece was being deconstructed.
Farewell Phlegm your art done the city proud. More please!