Cardiff Bay, Wales 2000

3 x 5 x 5 m. Slate, weathering steel. Commissioned by SAFLE and Mowlems.

In 2000 Archer was commissioned to make a sculpture for a site in Cardiff on the main road from the steel mills into the town. The work in his series of portal sculptures indicates through the symbolism of a gateway as a zone of transformation, the regeneration of Cardiff. In his use of materials, slate and steel it also refers to the industrial heritage of Wales. It uses Archer’s favoured device of slotting elements together to make the work self supporting.