Open up, it’s fine out.
"Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars." - Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three
Wales Millenium CentreType and architecture make a great match but even more so when the type is elevated to be the main feature.
Last week I was at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales. This huge arts building celebrates its 10th birthday this year and was designed by architect Jonathan Adams to express “Welshness” and be instantly recognisable. The main frontage is clad in steel coated in copper oxide.
Inspired by Roman classical architecture, two ‘monumental’ poetic lines are emblazoned above the main entrance, formed from large windows which are illuminated at night.
The passages, by Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis, read in Welsh: “Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen”, which means “Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration.” The English is “In These Stones Horizons Sing”.
Spot the beautifully formed Ff ligature.
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