The Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Heritage has today added his support to a campaign to protect an iconic Cardiff landmark from demolition.
David Melding, the Assembly Member for South Wales Central, highlighted the historical importance of the ‘Blue Flash Power Box and Meshchips’ sculpture which was commissioned in 1994 by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust.
The artwork was commissioned as part of the wider regeneration of Cardiff Bay.
Western Power, who own the land that the sculpture stands on, wrote to the family of the designing artist John Gingell to inform them that they were considering whether to demolish the artwork in order to upgrade the substation.
Commenting, the Welsh Conservative AM said:
“The momentum behind this campaign in such a short space of time really emphasises the importance of this sculpture for the people of Cardiff.
“It plays a substantial role in reminding us of how far the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay has come since its days as the largest coal handling port in the world, and in reminding us of Wales’ constantly changing energy landscape.
“Western Power should do all they can to avoid disrupting this crucial landmark and its place in Cardiff’s history”.