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Welsh public-art demolition branded 'unnecessary'

C20 blasts Welsh heritage bodies for demolition of post-war art

One of the ‘finest examples’ of post-war public art in Wales has been destroyed, according to the Twentieth Century Society (C20).

The 1959 mural, called An Eye for the People, was designed by artist Ray Howard Jones and located on the exterior of Thomson House in Cardiff, the headquarters of Wales’ two leading newspapers – the Western Mail and the South Wales Echo (see below).

The mural was razed to the ground as part of the demolition of the Thomson building, to make way for the newspapers’ new home.

C20 said it was a ‘sad and unnecessary loss that shames both Cadw [Wales’ national heritage body] and the city council.’

Pictures taken by Norman Preis.

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