National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



Type Sculpture

     Tall steel sculpture of transmitter. Design based on original drawings of circuit diagram of the telometry equipment used by Marconi.
     The sculpture was commissioned to celebrate Marconi's first radio transmission from nearby Lavernock Point to Flat Holm Island in 1897. Shoppers at the adjacent Tesco supermarket were consulted about the five artworks shortlisted for this site and this was their firm favourite. 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.
     Guglielmo Marconi laid the foundations of global telecommunication with the first radio transmission in 1897 from nearby Lavernock Point.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Smith, Ray Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Transmitter Polished stainless steel 1219cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Terra-Nova Way
Precise location On roundabout next to Tesco
A-Z ref 34 6B
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1996
Unveiling details April 1996
Commissioned by Tesco Stores with Cardiff Bay Arts Trust
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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