Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to Anfield, Liverpool10th August 2018
From the first Artscape stadium project in Cardiff, to creating hundreds of etched plaques and dedications at Anfield, Liverpool – stonework around stadiums has come a long way for Hardscape.
In the year 2002 Will Young & Gareth Gates were topping the charts, England had fallen short to Brazil in the World Cup Quarter-Finals and Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games, but in South Wales, history was made within Hardscape. The company had put on the shirt of ‘FC Artscape’ at a major football stadium for the first time ever, down at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which was then known as the Millennium Stadium. Back then, a red Welsh dragon with the words Cardiff (both Welsh and English) in green was formed over several blocks of concrete supplied by Hardscape in a paved landscape area outside the arena.
Sixteen years on and Hardscape have never been more Premier in supplying stone to football clubs around the country, thanks to a collaborative approach with sports marketing company Your Tribute Ltd.
Working with Your Tribute Ltd and Liverpool FC, Hardscape supplied hundreds of personalised tributes purchased by Liverpool fans. Cast in granite, each of the stones were meticulously hand engraved with the personalised message and a unique issue number, before being carefully highlighted in white and packaged up at our Long Marston depot ready for their permanent away day to Liverpool FC. The stones are situated in the landscaped walkway area along 96 Avenue at Anfield stadium. Each stone tells a different story and together creates a space for fans to share lasting memories and explore what the club means to others. Alongside fans’ memories and dedications, player and managerial history shares the walkway giving fans an insight into the club’s history.
As well as supplying personalised granite slabs to Anfield, Hardscape also used specialist stone masonry techniques on polished Kobra granite benches and delivered them to site. Using much more advanced methods than in Cardiff, machinery such as a sandblaster and waterjet machine were used to create the art on each individual unit. The benches boast 205mm wide Tino Red granite banding on the front and sides, as well as Mist granite paving banding around them with Kobra and Crystal Black granite infilled lettering. They are the standout feature of the tribute walkway due to their dedicated, passionate etched messages on every bench for each significant moment in the club’s illustrious history; As well as featuring the traditional ‘red’ colour of Liverpool FC – A real touch of class.
Since Cardiff, ideas and technology have come a long way in terms of stone masonry production methods, as well as the mentality of modern football clubs to keep in touch with their fans using fresh and innovative methods. Your Tribute offers the chance for fans to become one with the club and almost become a part of their history through heartfelt, permanent tributes. Hardscape are proud to be a part of this and supply high quality materials so football fans all over the country will see the longevity in their tributes.
Kevin O’Brien, Your Tribute owner said “Quality of materials and application of the personalisation, are two of the key components that go into making a venue personalisation project a success. Hardscape consistently deliver on both and with a robust and ethical sourcing network in place, I can be confident that the final product is going to meet both mine and my clients’ expectations.”