Image source, Raquel Garcia – Pwsh! Image caption, The murals were painted by local artists Amber Forde, Temeka Davies, and Beth Blandford as part of the Pwsh Cardiff art project
Artwork commissioned for Cardiff city centre has been washed away by cleaners following a "miscommunication error".
The murals were commissioned by For Cardiff, a body aimed at making the city "vibrant and welcoming".
They were painted by three young female artists to celebrate diversity, and one, Turner Prize nominee Beth Blandford, was "absolutely gutted".
For Cardiff apologised and said it was "due to a devastating error involving our cleansing contractor".
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Image source, Rachel Kinchin – PwshImage caption, The artwork was cleaned off on Thursday morning
Beth, 25, from Cardiff, said: "I'm absolutely gutted, I can't believe it, it took me about five days and most of those days were 12-16 hour days," she said.
"We really planned this project out, we were so excited, it's a real shame.
"I feel like public art in Cardiff is something that is lacking anyway, especially from female artists and showing female and diverse communities.
"These are voices that need to be heard, and it was just washed off due to a mistake, it feels a bit overwhelming really."
Image source, Raquel Garcia – Pwsh! Image caption, Beth Blandford said while the misunderstanding was "gutting" she places no blame on the cleaning crews
Amber Forde, 20, from Cardiff, said she wanted her culture to be at the centre of the pieces she created.
"I had three murals, each one tied back to my culture, I'm half Bajan half Welsh so I tied that into my colour scheme.
"I was really devastated, throughout the project I would finish work and go straight to work on the project. I was pretty distraught for me and the girls."
Amber said it was vital to have public art celebrating diversity in Wales.
"I think it's really important because it gives the visibility and shows how diverse how Cardiff is. Especially as a lot of the artists involved were working class or from minority groups."
Image source, Raquel Garcia – Pwsh!Image caption, Amber Forde wanted her culture to be at the centre of her artworks
Rachel Kinchin,creative producer for Pwsh, the collective that created the artwork that was commissioned by For Cardiff, said: "For Cardiff funded this, and are very supportive and are as gutted as we are, but something fundamentally horrific has happened in some sort of communication".
In a statement on their website, For Cardiff said: "Due to a devastating error involving our cleansing contractor, the beautiful artworks on the pillars in the area around the former Debenhams has been removed."
"We offer our sincere and heartfelt apology to the talented artists, Beth Blandford, Amber Forde and Temeka Davies who took the opportunity to brighten up Cardiff."
"We're working with the creative director of the project as to how we can best rectify this situation as quickly as possible," they added.