Showing posts from July, 2010

Grooming the Animal Wall

The Grade I listed Animal Wall alongside Cardiff Castle is currently being restored. Probably a good time to do it, seeing as the Castle/Duke St junction is currently being restructured, so the scaffolding and tarps covering sections of the wall blend right it. The Apes (above), one of the original Thomas Nicholls scupltures from 1891, show the before and after, the righthand side being markedly more dirty than the left. All the scultures have had or are having a clean, holes patched up, glass eyes reinserted and, in the case of one unfortunate anteater, a long-missed nose replaced. Alongside the castle's clocktower, which is still sparkling from its conservation last year and the new junction the area should look a lot better than it has in years. If you can see it past the traffic.