Stoford’s lightning bolt lights up Cardiff


Stoford Developments, Admiral Group, and EMP Projects have announced the official unveiling of ‘Alight’ – a permanent 10 metre tall, freestanding, illuminated, steel and glass lightning bolt, located in Cardiff city centre.

The dramatic sculpture is located outside Admiral’s impressive new £60 million office headquarters which was completed recently by Birmingham-based commercial property developers Stoford on behalf of Union Investments.

Stoford director Jon Andrews said: “This sculpture by S Mark Gubb really is a spectacular piece of work and we are delighted to have played our part in bringing it to Cardiff.  It literally lights up this part of the city centre and provides a fantastic new focal point.”

Artist S Mark Gubb works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. The subjects for his work are drawn from the social and political culture he grew up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so difficult about the world we live in. This often takes the form of a re-evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history.

In making ALIGHT, his most ambitious work to date, Gubb has drawn both on the creation of a new public realm in the City and the surrounding Admiral HQ, Motorpoint Arena, Cineworld and the independent retails in an around Barrack Lane.

Taking his influence from the intermingling of music, new independent businesses and in response to the Cities vibrant arts scene. Gubb conceived ALIGHT as an artwork that is big, bold, bright and vibrant for a once unmemorable space prior to the development of the Admiral HQ and St David Centre.

ALIGHT sculpture holds its own among the new developments and is certainly contributory in reigniting the area of the city as a destination point of interest. Gubb’s work aims to open a wider discourse around history, culture and personal beliefs, inviting reflection on our desire and ability to impact upon the world we inhabit.

Gubb’s ALIGHT integrates his ambition to create a focal point both in the scale and context. The dimension, shape of the lightning bolt and the shimmering lights add to creating a presence among the existing developments; its playfulness is testament to the work of artists such as Claus Oldenburg, Robert Indiana and Dennis Oppenheim whose artworks are located in major international Cities. Gubb’s work offers a sequence of experiences, as a visible from multiple streets running up to Bridge St and David Street.

Emma M Price, of EMP Projects, said: “With Gubb’s work in the heart of one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, it was important to create an sculpture that was responsive to this city and captured the passion, flare, warmth of the people that live, work and play in our city.”

Commissioned by EMP Projects & Associates and funded by Union and Stoford (Cardiff) Development. Commissioned with the support of Admiral Group, St David’s Centre Management team and Cardiff Council.



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