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Home / Latest News / Striking artworks compete for prime position outside Admiral’s new HQ

Striking artworks compete for prime position outside Admiral’s new HQ

The public is being asked for its views on two pieces of dramatic public art being proposed as part of the new Admiral HQ in Cardiff’s city centre.

The pieces, both proposed by local artists, are “Lightning” by S Mark Gubb and “Flow” by Andrew Rowe and Simon Fenoulhet.

Following a community consultation this week, one of the concepts will be installed within the landscaping at the new Admiral offices being built at Bridge St Square.

The proposals have been commissioned as part of the 12-storey scheme, next to St David’s shopping centre and Cineworld, which will accommodate up to 3,000 staff.

S Mark Gubb, who lives and works in Cardiff, said his proposal for a colourful lighting bolt reflected the area’s modern redevelopment, making an impact in an area surrounded by tall buildings.

“It brings a fun, theatrical element to the space to tie in with the drama that is taking place in the Cineworld on one side and the rock acts performing at the CIA on the other,” he said.

Cardiff light artist Simon Fenoulhet collaborated with sculptor Andrew Rowe for their proposal comprised of a dozen illuminated curved steel columns.


Flow by Andrew Rowe and Simon Fenoulhet
Flow by Andrew Rowe and Simon Fenoulhet


Mr Fenoulhet said: “We were aware of the presence of water at that site historically. Instead of using water, which is fraught with all kinds of problems, we based our sculpture on the idea of flowing filaments.”

The consultation continues in a pop-up shop next to Mothercare in the city’s St David’s shopping centre.

The artwork is being paid for by Admiral.

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