Laughing Fish Beasti - Cardiff Bay, Wales.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 27.829 W 003° 09.556
30U E 488936 N 5701417
Quick Description: A carved brick sculpture, whose arched fish shape was inspired by the mythical creatures described in the Dylan Thomas poem ‘Ballad of the long legged bait’ Sculpted by Gwen Heeney, placed in 1994, waterside at Britannia Quay, Cardiff Bay, Wales
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/14/2012 1:23:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMEMEK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member caverspencer
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Long Description:
There are a series of these sculptures in the Cardiff Bay area, at Brittania Quay also the Bay Waterfront park, they have come to known as Beasti Benches. This bench looks like a fish with a wide grin and lots of teeth, to eat you up with. The fish tail is engraved with the words, "And the Laughing Fish".
This creature is a carved ceramic seat with a great view of the Roath Dock overlooking the new BBC Wales studios, perhaps a great place to sit and read Dylan Thomas's poem ‘Ballard of the long legged bait’

Info on Sculptor Gwen Heeny :- (visit link)

From ‘Ballard of the long legged bait’

"Always good luck, praised the finned in the feather
Bird after dark and the laughing fish
As the sails drank up the hail of thunder
And the long-tailed lightning lit his catch." (visit link)
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Laughing Fish - Beasti Bench

Figure Type: Fantasy creature

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Gwen Heeney

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1994

Materials used: Sculpted ceramics & Carved Brick

Location: Waterside, Britannia Quay.

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