Reign of Kera

A regular visitor to the Capital City of Wales – Kera is a German graphic designer and street artist born and living in Berlin.
You may recognise some of his geometric work already around the streets of Cardiff?

Empty Walls 2013: KeraKera street art on Millennium Plaze

Painting at both Empty Walls festivals in the city the artist has returned once again to complete painting the floor in one of Cardiff’s Victorian arcades.

Kera Duke Street arcade floor, CardiffKera Duke Street arcade floor, Cardiff

Originally he painted the Duke Street Arcade – you can see the original post and images from 2018 on the link below:-
https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/retro-arcade/

His next task was to paint the much longer, and busier, High Street arcade.

Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff

Once again a lot of preparation work took place repairing the decades of wear and tear from the hundreds of thousands of shoppers that must’ve passed through the 580 meter long passage over the years.

Sometimes working through the night to allow retailers to still open during the busy run up to Christmas work. And sometimes in the day with the arcade split to allow shoppers still to pass on by.

Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff

Marking out the pattern and filling in over 700 squares was a long process carried out over many days.
But totally worth all the effort for the fantastic final results!

The same configurations of tiles and colours seamlessly match the previous work from 2018.

Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff

It really has spruced up the arcades and brought them back to a long gone era.

To mark the end of this project another plaque had been installed near the High Street entrance.

Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff
Kera, High Street arcade, Cardiff

Million Motions captured Kera hard at work and produced this amazing video of the arcade and Cardiff!

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