So after the huge sport juggernaut of the Uefa Champions League Final came to Cardiff – the city almost instantly got back to normal within hours of the world’s most expensive game ending.
Visit Cardiff advertising was added to the Millennium Walkway to help greet the ten of thousands of football fans whom had made the trip to watch the game at the Principality Stadium – even that was renamed on the day to The National Stadium of Wales.
Thousands of pounds had been spent painting the walkway with a thick grey paint obliterating all the previous hard work that had gone into the street art and graffiti that had lined the route previously.
The no-paint zone was totally honoured with only a few small additions ever being added to the banners including this stick-on moustache to this Southampton fan.
Eventually the banners became detatched from the fittings and revealed this bizarre piece of art featuring JFK and The Queen as some penguin type creatures!
The San Portablo Shakespeare Society seem to have taken responsibility for the work which was a mix of felt, paper and felt tip work.
Later in August 2017 Cardiff Council reversed their decision and had once again agreed that street art could officially adorn these walls once again. (Hurrah!)
Within days of this announcement new work began to grace the wall as more and more advertising banners became detatched from their fittings and littered the walkway.
Firstly Yadi painted and then the next day Sterio also painted on the dull grey walkway near the Cardiff Castle end of the long walkway.
Whilst right at the other end Resh had began the first of their pieces on the wall but wind stopped play. (The weather type I assume!)
A few days later Resh had returned to paint another piece on this already rapidly changing wall.
Resh was joined by Unity as more high quality street art began to reappear on the wall after a 3 month hiatus.
Unity painted a B-girl with flowing locks and retro Adidas tracksuit top along with the line ‘Dance like there’s nobody watching’
Alongside were three more colourful pieces from Ceres and co featuring some clean lines and great bubbles.
And the quality of work continued with another stunning piece from Moist and Done (Guessing now!) There are some WIP images where you can see the paint peeling so a second day’s work was required for that and to fill the background too. Love it!
And as if that all wasn’t enough the Cardiff faithful returned with this amazing piece from Refa and CMK.
Big up all the people who campaigned to get the wall re-instated and let it continue.
And with the welcome return of art to the Millennium Walkway always means a few extra pieces dotted around the place too!