Billy the Seal
Reclining full-size seal on large block of stone. Two slate plaques attached to base with inscriptions in English and Welsh giving details of sculpture.
The work was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Victoria Park and was part of the general refurbishment and improvements to the Park. It was unveiled by the Mayor of Cardiff in June 1997.
'Billy' the seal lived in the lake in Victoria Park from 1912 until his death in 1939. He had been trapped in the nets of a boat operating out of Cardiff Bay in 1912. He was a very popular local attraction, particularly after the flooding of 1927 when the River Ely overflowed and Billy escaped and swam down what is now Cowbridge Road East. 'Billy' in fact was a female seal.
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