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Art chosen for new Welsh assembly
Assembly building (Photo: Richard Rogers Partnership)
The building is being built at Cardiff Bay (pic: Richard Rogers Partnership)
The art which will decorate the new Welsh assembly building in Cardiff Bay has been unveiled.

Four artists will create works costing a total of up to 250,000.

Swansea-based Alexander Beleschenko will create a glass piece for the debating chamber and a sculpture by Mid Wales' Richard Harris will be outside.

Last year, the Tories were critical when it was revealed that 10.8m was to be spent on computer equipment, furniture and art at the site.

Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, presiding officer, said that the art was "not just added decoration".

"It is an integral part of the structure. This has been an innovative way of using art in a public building," he said.

Debating chamber (Pic from Welsh assembly)
Alexander Beleschenko's glass piece will be in the centre of the chamber

Mr Beleschenko's piece will be a two-metre wide gold and blue glass dome which will be lit from beneath in the centre of the new debating chamber.

He said the fact that it appeared to rise out of the floor reflected the "new and emerging" assembly.

Sculptor Richard Harris's work will comprise 44 machine-cut slate slabs brought from Blaenau Ffestiniog in north Wales, weighing up to three tonnes.

Part of it will form a seating area in front of the building, and will be built with the same slate in other parts on the site.

"I wanted to create a space that was to the side of the building, that related closely to the building but was very inviting for people to use - somewhere quieter that people could sit and spend some time," said Mr Harris.

Glass artist Danny Lane was commissioned to build a "wind hedge" consisting of five parallel rows of 32 glass plates, which will be placed on the front corner of the building adjoining the external lifts.

Slate sculpture (Pic from Welsh assembly)
Richard Harris' slate work will extend from the front of the building

He described his work as "a poetic response to an exceptional building of cultural importance".

And Martin Richman has been chosen to create 270 colourful fabric-covered acoustic absorption panels throughout the building.

All of the works will be installed between June and August 2005.

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