Small Pieces of famous landmarks - made in Rhiwbina

Small Pieces of famous landmarks – made in Rhiwbina

Visitors are being invited to take home a small piece of Cardiff Castle, thanks to a new range of high quality prints, created by Rhiwbina artist and graphic designer, David Hopkins.

The Small Pieces range features images of the castle based on David’s own distinctive photographs.

The images are then reworked, recoloured and retouched to make highly graphic artworks that are unique reminders of a memorable visit and works of art in their own right.

Cardiff Castle commissioned a set of 15 striking images, which have gone on display, and for sale, in the castle’s visitor centre.

“Senior staff at the castle saw the value of these images as high-quality souvenirs,” said David, who has set up and run a series of design agencies in Cardiff over the past 40 years, most recently The Info Group in Heol-y-Coed, which has now been bought out by Creation Media, which continues to operate The Info Group successfully out of offices in Cardiff Bay.

Small Pieces are designed in the same style, are all the same size and in the same high quality black frames, but they are all signed and numbered as part of an initial limited edition.”

Lloyd Glanville, front of house manager at Cardiff Castle, added: “The Small Pieces images make for a unique, site-specific addition to the retail offer as well as providing a striking display in an otherwise underused area.”

As well as the castle images, the Small Pieces range includes images of other South Wales landmarks, such as Cardiff University – whose international office commissioned them as gifts for overseas visitors.

There are also Small Pieces of Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, St John’s Church, and the Principality Stadium, as well as images of London, Liverpool, Amsterdam, and Sydney.

More images will be added to the range, and there are potential further commissions from museums and historic buildings.

Small Pieces products are currently available online and at Cardiff Castle, and David expects the range to roll out into gift shops, galleries, and visitor attractions in the coming months.

The Small Pieces range is part of David’s latest venture, Screamprint – a company which incorporates several other design ranges: Traphic, motoring-themed designs based on the distinctive UK road signs; Cullars, where the use of colour is the distinctive theme; and the long-established Procrastinator range of ‘timewasting’ doodling books and pads.