Admiral Group, Stoford Developments and EMP Projects are thrilled to announce the commissioning of a significant new public artwork for Cardiff city centre. Following a competitive process, Gubb has been commissioned to realise his proposal, ‘Alight’ – a 10 metre tall, freestanding, illuminated, steel and glass lightning bolt. This will be sited outside Admiral’s new eleven-storey offices in Cardiff city centre.
A land-mark-to-be, the work is emblematic of the power and life-sustaining properties of this force of nature. Positioned between the Motorpoint Arena and Cineworld cinema it, at the same time, reflects the theatrical nature of the activities in this area of the city. ‘Alight’ will undoubtedly become a meeting point, a reference point and a point of conversation. An unapologetic visual and sculptural statement that, literally, throws the power of contemporary art out in to the heart of our streets.
In recent years, Cardiff has enjoyed significant development, constantly improving and adding to itself as a capital city, without ever forgetting its heritage. A modern city with many historical tourist attractions, emerging amongst these is also a world class collection of art in the public realm, including works by Felice Varini, Jean-Bernard Metais, Willian Pye and Robert Thomas to name a few. This significant new work will add to the collection, representing and celebrating the forward-thinking attitude of an ever expanding and evolving capital city.
Of the commission, Gubb said, ‘I am both delighted and extremely excited to have been awarded this commission. It is going to be big, bright and visually seductive. I want it to make people smile as much as I want it to hold its own in a part of the city with so much bold architecture. I want it to reflect the energy you can feel here, at the same time drawing people’s eyes up and out of the space in to the sky, from where the bolt has metaphorically fallen. This will be the largest public work I have made to date and to have the chance to do that in my home city is a real honour.’
Director of Stoford, Jon Andrews said ‘Stoford are delighted to be working with artist S Mark Gubb on this extraordinary artwork. It will be a real landmark for the local people and visitors to the City Centre, reflecting Cardiff’s energetic culture.”
CEO of Admiral Group, Henry Engelhardt said, ‘It’s very exciting to know we will have such an eye-catching work of art outside our new headquarters in Cardiff. It’s set to be colourful and vibrant and I think it will represent Admiral’s culture brilliantly. I’m really looking forward to it being part of the landscape of the city centre for many years to come.’
We have worked closely with St David’s Centre Management team and Cardiff Council in realising this commission.
The work will be installed and launched mid December 2014.