Street art commissioned in Cardiff to celebrate diversity has been mistakenly washed away by cleaning staff.
The art, which covered 11 concrete pillars around the former Debenhams store in Cardiff city centre, had been commissioned by business improvement organisation FOR Cardiff.
They were painted by three female artists – Turner Prize nominee Beth Blandford, Amber Forde, and Temeka Davies – who are involved in the PWSH project. Their murals take inspiration from feminism, black women, afro hair, and the Bajan community.
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In a statement PWSH said the project was “absolutely devastated” the artworks had been removed.
“Apparently there has been some sort of city centre cleansing team ‘miscommunication’,” they said.
“That area is now a complete mess again – with our artwork literally washed off and now all over the floor – and we are heartbroken. So much love goes out to Beth, Amber, and Temeka whose artwork has been destroyed and erased.
“They are gutted. We are gutted. We are gutted for the people of Cardiff who have shown so much love for this project.”
FOR Cardiff apologised and said it was a “honest” mistake, which could not be rectified. “We were made aware that due to a devastating error involving our cleansing contractor the beautiful artworks on the pillars in the area around the former Debenhams has been removed,” it said in a statement.
“We offer our sincere and heartfelt apology to the talented artists Beth Blandford, Amber Forde, and Temeka Davies who took the opportunity to brighten up Cardiff and contribute to its vibrant and exciting culture through their artworks and we’re simply gutted for them. It was an honest mistake but unfortunately not a mistake that can be rectified.
“Investment in these emerging artists was provided via the FOR Cardiff businesses and as such we’re as saddened as the artists and public that are they’re no longer there for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re working with the creative director of the project as to how we can best rectify this situation as quickly as possible.
“We remain committed to continuing bringing new art to the city centre and are looking at other locations in the city centre such as Baker’s Row to provide the opportunity for artists to continue to brighten up Cardiff.”
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