Save Cardiff's Blue Flash, Power Box and Meshchips

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A major Cardiff landmark, Blue Flash Power Box and Meshchips is under threat.  Western Power Distribution, who own this Cardiff Bay site, are planning to remove and demolish part of this artwork, ruining the integrity of this familiar and iconic part of our City skyline.

Western Power Distribution have stated that they can proceed to demolish without planning permission and they will be asking Cardiff City Council to endorse this application imminently.  Western Power Distribution are ready to go.  If the Council approve the request, the bulldozers could sweep it away tomorrow and it will be lost forever. 

The local Cardiff artist John Gingell was commissioned by Cardiff Bay Arts Trust in 1994 to create this innovative artwork for SWALEC as part of an ambitious investment in public art for our Capital City. This sculpture stands at the helm of this programme that has come to symbolise the regeneration of Cardiff and the Bay for the 21st Century.

Surprisingly, although this artwork is listed proudly in Cardiff City Council's Public Art Strategy and Register, it has no protection or formal conservation listing.  How safe is any of our public artwork?

“Blue Flash Mesh Chips is a unique work, ...part of the distinct identity of Cardiff, a familiar character in the capital city skyline, well-loved and recognised across the UK... The work is bold and ambitious, factors too often missing in the built environment. In art as in architecture and design it is vital to seek out and maintain quality, stimulate creativity and ambition and protect our cultural assets in all their forms. Very careful consideration should be given to any proposals for changes of any kind to this ground breaking work.”  Carol-Anne Davis, Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales & former Director Cardiff Bay Arts Trust

Please sign this petition to ask:

Western Power Distribution to stop their plans for demolition and to assume their social responsibilities for preserving this significant artwork for the City of Cardiff, for now and future generations.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Welsh Government, to give this artwork the protection afforded by heritage listing.

Cardiff City Council's Public Art Department 'Placemaking' to exercise its role as champion of the City's Public Art Strategy and work to preserve this artwork.

 Photo credit:  John Davies



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