Llanberis sword could be towering tribute to princes
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