"Queen street" Statues & Sculptures Tip by mindcrime
Statues & Sculptures, Cardiff: 7 reviews and 16 photos
Most of the people will put Queen street under shopping tips which is logical as this is the main commercial street of Cardiff with a lot of stores selling expensive clothes although we also noticed HMV for music etc.
While my wife enjoyed her long walk around the countless stores with clothes I walked down Queen street. I was surprised by some interesting bronze statues here and there and after a while I realized that they are all made by the same sculpture. A sign at the other side of the street reviled the mystery:
?The Cardiff Council has specially commissioned this unique set of bronze statues by Robert Thomas as part of its 2005 Anniversary Celebration to mark Cardiff?s Centenary as a City and its half century as the Capital of Wales?
Robert Thomas was born in Cwmparc, Rhondda in August 1926. He left his job as a colliery electrician to persue his dream of becoming a professional sculptor in 1947 and began his daily train journeys to Cardiff Art School ? then only a short walk north of Queen street. He moved to London in 1949 to train at the Royal College of Art and continued to live in London for over 20 years, working on lrage-scale statues and a series of portraits of eminent Welsh people. In 1963 he won a national sculpture competition and produced his first public art work, ?Mother And Son? which now stands near the entrance to Queens Arcade. He returned to Wales in 1971 and created large and small works at his studio in Barry up to his death in May 1999.
Here are the statues I saw starting from the beginning of Queen Street:
Aneuan Bevan (1987) pic 2
Mother And Son(1963) pic 3
Miner(1993) pic 1
Check some other sculptures by R.Thomas at St David?s Hall (?Diana, Princess of Wales?,1987), at Gorsedd Gardens(?Girl?, 1969), at New Theatre(?Gwyn Thomas?1983)
Address: city center
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