Dylan Thomas Day

As the huge juggernaut of the Uefa Champions League Final rolls into Cardiff – lots of change is afoot to host the biggest sporting event ever to come to the capital.
UCL 2017: Cardiff Trophy on the Castle
UCL 2017: Cardiff Trophy on the CastleSome parts of the city are being cleaned up and being made more secure to help house the expected quarter of a million visitors to the city over one weekend at the start of June.

A massive fans village has been built in Bute Park and a hospitality village within the grounds of Cardiff Castle has meant extra security being put in place like metal fences and wooden hoardings blocking off trees.
UCL 2017: Cardiff
Uefa Hoardings
Millennium Walkway street artEven the legal street art wall which ran along the River Taff next to the Millennium Stadium wasn’t safe with painting now ceased and being replaced with advertising for the huge football event and beyond.

This is when local artist Unity approached Cardiff Council to see if it was possible to paint on the many wooden boards that now surround the city’s trees – and she got a very positive YES from the council. 🙂

Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Unity helped arranged a paint jam themed along ‘Dylan Thomas Day’ which is a celebration of the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jamDylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
A colour scheme of red, white and green was used and each piece also featured some lines from a range of famous Dylan Thomas work.

The work lined the route running behind Cardiff Castle connecting North Road with Bute Park – and what a difference it made!
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Unity was joined by a host of artists including Tao (above) & Sega (below)
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day Some featured extracts from Dylan Thomas work whereas, to offer some contrast, others featured more modern lyrics selected from some home-grown rap artists. (Or Lil Miss)
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jamDylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam

Featured above is work from Plus and Unity with more work below from Mr Draws and Squid.

Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam

What a fantastic idea and fantastically executed too.

Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam
Dylan Thomas Day paint jam

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