Llan­beris sword could be tow­er­ing trib­ute to princes

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A 20FT steel sword is set to tower be­side a Snow­do­nia lake as a “bold piece of pub­lic art” in hon­our of the Welsh princes.

The huge sculp­ture at Llyn Padarn in Llan­beris is the sub­ject of a scop­ing ap­pli­ca­tion by Gwynedd coun­cil’s tourism and mar­ket­ing unit, and will be mod­elled on the type of sword used by the Princes of Gwynedd.

“We are in the very ini­tial stages of de­vel­op­ing these ex­cit­ing plans,” said Sioned Wil­liams, Gwynedd’s head of econ­omy and com­mu­nity.

“The aim of installing this sword at Llan­beris is to raise aware­ness among vis­i­tors and lo­cal peo­ple of the his­tory of Gwynedd and of Wales as a na­tion.

“Llan­beris holds a significant place in his­tory due to its links to the Princes of Gwynedd such as Lly­we­lyn Fawr, Lly­we­lyn ap Gruf­fudd and Owain Glyn­dwr.

“The re­mains of Dol­badarn Cas­tle still stand proud over the com­mu­nity and the his­toric meet­ing point of Moel Cyn­gho­rion can be seen from the vil­lage.”

The coun­cil says lo­cal crafts­peo­ple and con­trac­tors will cre­ate and in­stall the sword, which comes in the wake of the con­tro­versy around Flint Cas­tle’s pro­posed Iron Ring sculp­ture, which was slammed as a “dis­re­spect­ful” sym­bol of op­pres­sion.

Ms Wil­liams said: “If our ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved by the plan­ning depart­ment, the project can be moved on.

“The coun­cil has al­ready been ad­vised by the Royal Com­mis­sion on the An­cient and His­tor­i­cal Mon­u­ments of Wales on the type of sword the Gwynedd princes and their fol­low­ers would have used, and this will guide us when we come to the de­sign phase.

“Cul­tural tourism is a growth sec­tor and we are ea­ger to make the most of the eco­nomic gains that can be made from it.”

Llyn Padarn, Llan­beris: A sword sculp­ture for the Welsh princes has been pro­posed

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