A corner of Cardiff that has seen much change over the last 30 years has now acquired some new residents.
As the constant cycle of destruction and construction ensues all around – the red bricked walls of The Marriot Hotel are now home to some new art courtesy of LA based artist Matt Shapira.
World reknown artist and animal welfare activist Matt has travelled the globe painting his elephants across many countries.
Cardiff was his latest stop where he painted as part of the Mill Lane Arts Week as organised by the longest resident of Mill Lane – Giovanni Malacrino – who have had their restaurant on the street since 1978.
Matt’s work is focused on bringing awareness to the world of conservation for all living elephants, rescued or wild.
He spoke to Cardiff Students magazine Quench and explained the significance of his work:-
“I want to bring a positive message of color and love using elephant eyes and body movement of these sentient beings so that people can stop, take a moment, look at these images and recognize the soft or rather gentle impression it hopefully will leave on them.
When you look at an elephant, as they walk, or they communicate to their herd, you notice a sense of majestic hope. A feeling of deep understanding of empathy for those they love.” – Quench
Matt took to the wall in November 2017 and used a mixture of pen, acrylic and paint to create these colourful beasts.
Above is a video of Matt at work in Thailand, Nepal and closer to home in London – each creation is fantastic in it’s own right.
Whilst visiting Wales Matt also painted in Swansea, Pembrokeshire and in Cardiff’ Winter Wonderland where his work will be auctioned off by the NSPCC.
The auction is open until 30th January and bids can be made via the link below:-
Now protected by sheets of plastics these stunning beasts will last much longer for everyone to enjoy.