Football panels for Lidl, Leckwith
This was a percent for art project for the new Lidl store in Leckwith, Cardiff. The brownfield site was a pocket of land between Leckwith Road and Cardiff City Stadium's car park, with the Sandmartin pub and Jubilee Recreation Ground completing the boundary of the site.
The north west elevation of the new Lidl store overlooks Leckwith Road, which is a busy route and links the A4232 with the city centre. This elevation has no windows, but a series of five white rendered walls divided by grey rendered columns, which became the blank canvas for the artworks.
Taking the adjacent Cardiff City Stadium as her inspiration, artist Rebecca Gouldson designed five enamelled panels depicting various scenes of the stadium with crowds of people running onto the football pitch. The Glamorgan Archives are based in Leckwith and was a great resource to research old photos of the stadium, details of which have been screen-printed onto the panels over hand applied enamel. Rebecca worked on the panels at a specialist enamelling company, renting a space at their large workshop over a two week period. As a crafts person specialising in metal, she also has her own workshop, but the size of these panels, measuring approximately 1.2metres x 2.4 metres each required an industrial kiln.
The Lidl store was officially opened on the 19th February 2015.