National Recording Project


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

Beastie Benches


Type Street Furniture

     A series of nine carved brick benches. From 'The Bay and other Artwalks': 'Inspired by the mythical creatures described in the Dylan Thomas poem, 'Ballad of the Long Legged Bait', and by the remarkable reliefs on the nearby Pierhead building, the artist created a series of delightful beastie benches.'
     The terracotta bricks for the nine new artworks were supplied by Dennis of Ruabon, the same Wrexham tile and brick company which supplied the Pierhead's decorative panels one hundred years earlier. 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.


Each seat is 'named', for example: Bird After Dark

Related works : There are nine of the benches around the Britannia Park and Quay area of the Bay.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Heeney, Gwen Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
1 seat: Bird After Dark Terracotta 110cm high x 40cm wide x 160cm long

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Britannia Park & Quay
Precise location Nine locations around Britannia Park & Quay
A-Z ref 35 2E
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1994
Unveiling details 1994
Commissioned by Cardiff Bay Arts Trust for Grosvenor Waterside with European Regional Development Fund and Art & Business Cymru. The work was sponsored by Dennis Ruabon, Wrexham.
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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