Description The Water Bus stop at Bute Park in Cardiff.Bute Park is the principal park of the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It is 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. The park is named after the 3rd Marquess of Bute, whose family resided in the castle.The Castle Green was landscaped in the late eighteenth century by Capability Brown, but the park itself was laid out from 1873 on by Andrew Pettigrew, Head Gardener to the 3rd Marquess. The 5th Marquess of Bute presented the park to the Council in 1947 and the park is still owned and managed by Cardiff Council.Straddling the River Taff, it offers a combination of arboretum, flower gardens and recreation grounds. Within the park's grounds is Sophia Gardens, home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club. Most of the park is laid to grassland but there is also an abundance of woodland and tree-lined avenues. The castle begins the park in the city centre.Within the park there are sculptures such as wood carvings formed from retained tree stumps in 2012 a series of additional carvings were commissioned as part of the Restoration Project, and which encourage natural play. An ironwork sundial, originally placed in the park in 1990 after a Festival of Iron event, was removed in 2006 and replaced by a small round formal garden to honour Stuttgart (Cardiff's German twin-town.) This feature was designed by the Parks Service in Stuttgart and planted by horticultural apprentices from both cities as part of a programme of exchange visits between the two parks departments.The dock feeder canal runs along the eastern edge of the park. Its origins go back to medieval times when it was a millstream, constructed to feed the Lord's Mill, situated below the western walls of Cardiff Castle. This line is clearly seen on the Bute Estate Maps of 1824. In 1833, the line of the mill stream was incorporated as a water source for the development of the Cardiff Docks by the 2nd Marquess of Bute and
Steve Purnell, Bargoed, Wales Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement A truly eclectic body of work.
Steve is a self taught photographer living in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales. Whilst he has only taken photography seriously since 2008 he grew up with a photography background as his Father was an avid hobby photographer who shot many a wedding. Steve often used to help in those days taking candid shots through the day.
The purchase of his first digital camera in 2008 really inspired Steve to take up the art once again, especially when he discovered the wonders of photoshop in which he processes all of his images.
Steve has had great success with his photographs in recent years, entering many competitions and has taken several first prizes at the Bedwellty Agricultural Show in the photography section and winning 'Best Photograph in Show' on two occasions.
He has also had images published in some of the photography magazines.
Steve has tried to bring something new to the table with his art and has developed a style of producing unique images from smoke trails photographed from a smouldering incense stick. Indeed, immediately upon publishing his website featuring these images, he was contacted by actuallymag.com, an online arts and fashion magazine requesting that they be allowed to feature his work and this feature was published in January 2013 http://actuallymag.com/smoke-art-with-steve-purnell/
To increase the diversity of his portfolio, Steve has now introduced a range of digitally produced fractal images and has started to create a further range of fantasy images from these so make sure that you check the fractal gallery for some more unique designs.
His work is widely available to purchase over the internet, not only as art prints but also as canvas wraps, stationery cards, iphone cases, ipod skins, ipad skins, laptop skins, t shirts, hoodies, cushions and tote bags.
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