After proudly showcasing street art and graffiti on a long wall near the Millennium Stadium for the last couple of years … it was now time for change … apparently!
We know that all good things must come to an end but here Cardiff Council have slapped signs all over the street art announcing the closure of the space.
At the castle end of the long walkway artists Rmer, Hoxe, Somes, Karm and co painted in green and pink friendly colours – with Rmer’s skull taking centre stage.
Ahead of the Champions League Final that will be played at The Principality Stadium in June, Cardiff Council announced that the street art had to be removed and replaced with advertising for the event.
A campaign and petition was launched to question this proposal and to also investigate other locations for a replacement wall.
But alas it was claimed that the £55,000 to maintain the walkway hoardings was too costly and that the area would be used for advertising for the foreseeable future.
Some artists previously took to the wall and painted to try and help ‘Save the Wall’ – read more about that here:- https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/wall-of-fame-walk-of-shame/
Discussions were then held with Cardiff Council and a much smaller temporary wall has now been granted at Callaghan Square.
At the other end of the wooden walkway more work has been painted from the Cardiff faithful featuring pieces from Peaceful Progress, Somes and Resh who were also joined by Tizer.
So these notices have been nailed throughout the work on the walkway with them stating:-
“Cardiff Council hereby gives notice of its intention to utilise the River Walk wall solely for promotional purposes for future events with immediate effect.”
A lot of the work here has been featured on many tv, pop videos and other film shoots – all being shown across the world putting Cardiff on the map as a creative, open-minded city.
It’s a shame to see it go but let’s hope the replacement wall will be just as good for the artists and everyone that enjoys their work.