Do you remember this sculpture? Are you in these photos?
In 1972 Garth Evans created a large-scale sculpture that was placed in The Hayes, Cardiff city centre, for six months as part of an important, nationwide sculpture project. Following a successful crowd funding campaign supported by Art Happens with Art Fund, the sculpture has been restored and is coming home to its original location.
In collaboration with Chapter Arts Centre a short documentary film is being made about the sculpture and this moment in Cardiff’s history. Chapter would love to hear from anyone who remembers the sculpture, who played on it, commented on it or just remembers it being on The Hayes in 1972.
If you have any memory of the sculpture or know anyone who does, you could be of great help to this project collecting and celebrating Cardiff community history. Until 22 Sept, the artist who made the sculpture and a team working on the film will be in Cardiff and would love to speak with you in person, skype and email is also possible.
The Cardiff Tapes
To mark this event a play, The Cardiff Tapes, is being staged at Chapter Arts Centre from 19-21 September. ‘There’s not much beauty in it. I can’t see no beauty at all in that.’ 1st Man The day after the sculpture was installed in 1972, Garth Evans returned to Cardiff city centre and anonymously recorded the comments of passers-by.
The transcript of this fascinating recording forms the basis of The Cardiff Tapes an original play adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Leila Philip. Thought provoking, funny, moving and as relevant today, as it was in the early 70s, The Cardiff Tapes is a must see.
First staged in New York City by 3A productions, The Cardiff Tapes is directed by Wayne Vincent and presented by Chapter in partnership with Everyman Theatre Cardiff. The Cardiff Tapes is at Chapter’s Seligman Theatre on 19, 20 & 21 Sept 7.30pm (+BSL Interpreted performance Saturday matinee, 2pm) Tickets are just £5 and available at chapter.org or through the box office on 029 2030 4400.