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New artwork to celebrate Cardiff legend

An iconic artwork of one of Cardiff’s most famous figures is to be created from thousands of pictures of Cardiff and its residents. 

Images taken during a unique social experiment that captured a day in the life of the city, on the 28th September, will form the collage of one legendary local.

Local artist Nathan Wyburn is asking the public to vote for who he should commemorate in a piece of artwork from a shortlist of eight all-time famous faces:

●    Chris Morgan – Television and Newspaper Journalist

●     Roald Dahl – Novelist

●     Dannie Abse – Poet

●     Stan Stennett – Actor

●     Hugh Johns – English football commentator

●     Ernie Curtis – Former Welsh International footballer

●     Harry Bowcott – Former Welsh International Rugby Player

●     Bernice Rubens – Author

Votes can be cast online at https://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/a-day-in-the-life-cardiff/ and will stay open until Monday 18th November.

The ‘A Day In The Life Cardiff’ project was led by award-winning photographer Mark Waugh and saw an army of street photographers capture 24 hours in the city with their cameras.

More than 1,000 images were collected, ranging from the city’s rough sleepers, party goers, shoppers, iconic landmarks to hidden hideaways.

Once the votes are cast, Nathan, 28, who first came to prominence after reaching the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent and whose work has recently featured in Teen Vogue, will set to work creating one of his famous collage artworks.

The artist, has recently created snow portraits of Game of Thrones Jon Snow and Frozen’s Elsa, as well as previously creating attention-grabbing artworks of Stephen Fry out of coffee, Adele from Ketchup, Rowan Atkinson from beans, Bob Marley from Reggae sauce and Ed Miliband from toast.

Nathan says: “I love creating something more fun than a standard portrait, the chance to turn a Cardiff legend into a piece of artwork using so many diverse images of life in the city is fantastic!

“A Day In The Life is an amazing concept that captures everyday life and people and I’ve greatly enjoyed looking at all the images that were created. They will last forever in their own right and also as part of my unique collage.”

Ian Cowley, managing director of cartridgesave.co.uk who organised the A Day In The Life project, says: “Mark and the 40 strong team of street photographers captured those unique moments on Saturday 28th September which are now forever frozen in time providing a unique legacy to the city.

“To see the images printed off and made into a collage by Nathan will be a lasting, tangible memento of Cardiff in 2019. It’s a creative project that we’re incredibly proud to support.”