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Alliance sculpture is completed and launched in Cardiff

Date uploaded: December 3, 2009

Designed by French artist Jean-Bernard Metais, the 25-metre-tall arrow and hoop design draws on Cardiff's past and future.

Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman said: “This sculpture will really complement the history of The Hayes on one side and the new development, including Cardiff Library, on the other.

“Alliance is an outstanding piece of public art that cannot be missed and will communicate visual images of words bilingually, which I’m sure will become an instantly recognisable landmark, and hopefully a place where people will not only congregate, but use as a place to meet and enjoy the full experience of the capital city.

“An important part of the work by the St David’s Partnership has gone towards improving and enhancing public spaces in the city centre.

Paid for by the St David’s shopping centre as part of a £1.5m public art scheme in the city centre, the sculpture’s hoop is partially submerged under the pavement and a mechanism is programmed to make it rise and fall in time with the tide.

It is also filled with a liquid that glows at night.

Read more about the origins of the project in an earlier Public Art Online article

Read more about the launch of Alliance in the full article by Abby Alford, for the South Wales Echo