The Society was conceived in the 1930s following the economic depression and resulted from a belief in the ability of the visual arts to uplift the human spirit in times of material adversity.
The Contemporary Art Society for Wales is responsible for one of the most photographed views in the whole Garden: Paxton’s Tower shot through the circle of the ‘Pi’ sculpture – by Rawleigh Clay – which was kindly donated to the Garden by the Society.
Just below ‘Pi’, in our Wild Garden, is ‘Tarw’ the impressive Welsh Black bull sculpture, by Sally Matthews. This sculpture was commissioned for the Botanic Garden by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW) and, just like ‘Pi’ is a much photographed feature.
Tarw stands sentinel over the path to Waun Las National Nature Reserve, where you will see real-life Welsh Black cattle.