Temporary Palaces

Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary is the Welsh capital’s biennial festival of contemporary arts taking place for 4 weeks from late October to November.

The event is set at various locations around Cardiff with some set in traditional galleries with others in derelict buildings – and even one on the roof of a car park.

Artist Robert Montgomery has visited the city centre and set his latest work on top of an ageing, brutal car park at the side of the old bus station.
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery

As huge change hits the bus station area and the new trendy ‘Central Square’ development reshapes the area forever – Robert’s work is rather poignant for many reasons.

The art reads:-

All Palaces are Temporary Palaces

Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Robert has created a 10m long light sculpture fabricated from metal with some illumination to make a thought provoking statement on the current refugee crisis across Europe.

Also it seems quite apt with the huge amount of development in this area too.
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert MontgomeryCardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Some extra fine mesh was added to the work to help diffuse the lights behind the large metal letters better.
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert MontgomeryCardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
The work faces the capital’s train station and can be seen by each traveller which the artist hopes will invite a moment of reflection in the most transient of times.
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert MontgomeryOriginally this was Cardiff’s old Temperence Town with street after street of small terraced houses filling the area which were bulldozed for a bright new future – a bus station.

Now the last incarnation of the bus station has been demolished and is currently making way for the new BBC television studios.
Different buildings and ideas come but where will the pigeons go?

Buildings may change the physical layout and appearance of an area but there is also the environmental changes too and the eco-systems that survived there. (No we don’t mean the drunks…)
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert MontgomeryHailing from Scotland, Robert Montgomery is best known for his site-specific installations created from light and text in public spaces which address the themes of power, love, and human kindness.

Click the video below to find out more about this installation and Robert’s motivation behind it.

Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
There is free access to the roof for exploration around the quirky concrete car park.

Offering some great views of the redevelopment and some areas that have already been developed.
Hopefully some of these are now temporary too!
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert MontgomeryCardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery
Cardiff Contemporary: Robert Montgomery

View some more of Robert’s work on the link below:-
https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/broken-hearted-europe/

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