Stylised bronze mermaid. The design was the logo of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and was intended to be a potent symbol of waterfront regeneration, with arms outstretched to an optimistic future.
Cardiff Bay Arts Trust was established in 1990 as part of a policy on public art set out by Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. Over the first decade CBAT has worked with public institutions, private corporations and with the local community to enrich the experience for those who visit, live and work in the area. Following the wind up of CBDC, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust became CBAT The Arts & Regeneration Agency and continues to operate UK wide and internationally.
The Mermaid was commissioned as part of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust continuing art programme. At the unveiling ceremony it was said that 'the mermaid statue signals completion of the regeneration process and will stand as a beacon to renewed hope and prosperity in an area which suffered for so many years from decline and dereliction.'
The work was unveiled as part of a day of events signifying the completion of the Cardiff Bay barrage. The sculpture is at Penarth Marina and, at the other end of the barrage, a special water feature was also unveiled. The day also marked the 'winding-up' of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation.
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