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The statue today is of Welsh mountain Cader Idris situated in Central Square.

The four-metre-high sculpture is one of the first things visitors to Cardiff see when they arrive at the central Railway Station.

When plans for the piece of art were proposed it was said that the sculpture would make a lasting first impression of our capital city and Wales.

Which it now does but probably for the wrong reasons.

In December 1997, the Echo reported public art critic councillor Tony Earle saying he feared Cader Idris would become the focus of anti-social behaviour.

'I am worried an area of menace will be created with people sitting around it with cans of lager. And as far as I am concerned, it is a third-rate design,' he said.

And in August 1999 at just six months old, the sculpture of Wales' second highest mountain was branded a dirty disgrace.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 15, 2004
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