Treborth Peace Statue 🕊

Dreamer of Peace, by Kaivalya Torpy

Date

17 October 2020

Location

Treborth Botanic Garden
SH 55117 71230; 53.21829°N, 4.17138°W

Information

From the interpretation panel by the statue:

O dreamers of peace, come.
Let us walk together.
O lovers of peace, come.
Let us run together.
O servers of peace, come.
Let us grow together.

— Sri Chinmoy.

“This peace statue was donated by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, the world’s longest relay.

“The runners carry with them a flaming peace torch, like the one on this statue. Along the route, wherever they stop, the torch is passed from hand to hand and heart to heart, and whoever holds it can make their own wish for peace. We all have an important and unique role to play in making the world a more harmonious place.

“So if you would like to join us…

“Hold the peace torch…
Offer your own hope for peace
— a good thought, a contemplation,
a moment of silence…

“In appreciation and celebration of these gardens, the Peace Run donated this statue when the runners visited on 4 August 2019. It was unveiled by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, PC, AM, a long-time supporter of Treborth Botanic Garden.

“The statue — Dreamer of Peace — by Kaivalya Torpy, was inspired by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy (1931 – 2007) — poet, philosopher, man of peace. Placed in the beautiful setting of this Botanic Garden, it joins others worldwide — each one embodying a vision of peace that is both contemplative and dynamic. The peace statue invites you to rest here awhile and enjoy the healing power of nature.”

Further Reading

Treborth Botanic Garden;
Peace Run;
Sri Chinmoy (Wikipedia)

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Fooling the Eye

Fooling the Eye, Storiel

Date

6 July 2019

Location

Storiel, Bangor
SH 58013 72155; 53.22739°N, 4.12845°W

Information

Fooling the Eye is an exhibition of 32 small quilts hosted by Storiel and was open to the public from 22 June until 31 August 2019. Textile artists from the Modern Quilt Group created the works on show as part of their 2018 challenge to “explore the possibilities of optical illusions, impossible figures, shadows, layers, perspective, weaving and making three dimensions appear out of two”.

Further Reading

Storiel

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Op Art, Tate Liverpool

‘Op Art in Focus’ exhibition

Date

25 April 2019

Location

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool
SJ 33988 89828; 53.40111°N, 2.99430°W

Information

On show from 21 July 2018 until 5 July 2020 at the Tate Liverpool, Op Art in Focus is an exhibition featuring a variety of works of optical art. The Op Art movement began in the 1960s and is known for its use of bold colours, lines and geometric shapes.

Further Reading

Tate Liverpool

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Leonardo da Vinci – ‘A Life in Drawing’ exhibition

The head of Leda (c 1505-08). Black chalk, pen and ink.

Date

25 April 2019

Location

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool
SJ 34995 90768; 53.40969°N, 2.97936°W

Information

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of his death, 144 of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings from the Royal Collection went on display in 12 concurrent exhibitions across the UK, with each venue hosting 12 separate works.

Further Reading

Walker Art Gallery

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Y Ddraig Derw / The Oak Dragon

Y Ddraig Derw / The Oak Dragon

Date

20 January 2019

Location

Bethesda
SH 61244 68420; 53.19469°N, 4.07846°W

Information

The sculpture Y Ddraig Derw was privately commissioned by Dr Ben Alofs and was created by chainsaw carver Simon O’Rourke in January 2019. The piece took six days to carve and was fashioned from a fallen oak branch.

Further Reading

Simon O’Rourke Tree Carving

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Knife Angel

Knife Angel

Date

4 January 2019

Location

Liverpool Cathedral, St James’s Mount, Liverpool
SJ 35385 89411; 53.39754°N, 2.97321°W

Information

Created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Knife Angel is a sculpture highlighting the growing issue of knife crime. The 25 ft high artwork was created from over 100,000 bladed weapons handed over to the police in knife amnesties.

The sculpture is currently on view outside Liverpool Cathedral and it is hoped that it will tour other cities in the future.

Further Reading

British Ironwork Centre;
All posts in the British Ironwork Centre series;
Liverpool Cathedral;
All posts in the Liverpool Cathedral series

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Harrison’s Garden – Penrhyn Castle

Harrison’s Garden, Penrhyn Castle

Date

4 August 2018

Location

Penrhyn Castle, Llandegai, Bangor
SH 60219 71962; 53.22624°N, 4.09534°W

Information

Harrison’s Garden by Bristol-based installation artist Luke Jerram (b 1974) is an “imagined landscape and garden of clocks”. The ensemble of over 2,000 clocks, many of which were donated by the public, is currently (16 June – 4 November 2018) on display on the derelict third floor of Penrhyn Castle‘s keep as part of its tour of National Trust properties.

The inspiration for the installation was the clockmaker John Harrison (1693 – 1776) who spent much of his life developing a series of marine chronometers in the pursuit of the Longitude Prize. Although the prize was ultimately never awarded, Harrison’s contributions led to major improvements in safety at sea. His timepieces provided a reliable means of keeping a reference time to which the local time, as determined by astronomical observations, could be compared in order to establish a vessel’s position east or west of the Greenwich meridian.

Further Reading

Penrhyn Castle;
More posts in the Penrhyn Castle Series

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Sword, Llanberis

Sword, Llanberis

Date

7 January 2018

Location

Llanberis
SH 57754 60521; 53.12282°N, 4.12714°W

Information

The 6m sculpture of a sword was installed in a car park on the bank of Llyn Padarn in Llanberis in November 2017. The artwork was erected at a cost of £14,000 as part of the Year of Legends tourism campaign in Wales and is said to be symbolic of the princes of Gwynedd. The sculpture has met with a mixed reception locally.

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Rhug Estate

Rhug Estate

Date

26 August 2017

Location

Rhug, Corwen, Denbighshire
SJ 05302 43642; 52.98171°N, 3.41193°W

Information

Rhug Estate in Denbighshire, which covers some 5,000 hectares, is the main estate of Robert Vaughan Wynn (b 1949), 8th Baron Newborough. The organic farm extends over around half of the area of the estate, and features a farm shop, the Bison Grill restaurant and the On the Hoof takeaway. The farm started wholesaling in 2004 and its organic produce is exported internationally and is supplied to establishments such as the Ritz and the Dorchester in London and the seven-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai. An unexpected sight in the fields of North Wales, the farm’s herd of bison has become something of a tourist attraction.

Further Reading

Rhug Estate Organic Farm

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Date

24 August 2017

Location

Darwin Memorial Geo-Garden, Mardol Quay, Shrewsbury
SJ 48964 12740; 52.70989°N, 2.75684°W

Information

The sculpture Quantum Leap, by Ranbir Lal, Colin Pearce and Mervyn Rodrigues, is located in the Darwin Bicentenary Memorial Garden, which was inaugurated on 8 October 2009.

“Quantum Lead was designed by studying patterns and forms in nature such as flowers, shells and DNA double helix.

“The form of Quantum Leap evokes the local and incidental forms you find when visiting Shrewsbury: such as the arches of the bridges over the River Severn and the patterns formed by boats skulling on the river.”

— Information plaque

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Powis Castle – Roman Emperors

Vitellus [sic] Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus
CE 15 – 69, Roman Emperor for eight months in CE 69

The Herbert family bought a total of 12 marble busts of Roman emperors in the 17th century as souvenirs of their trips to Italy. Each bust weighs 150 kg.

Date

23 August 2017

Location

Powis Castle, Welshpool
SJ 21494 06513; 52.65063°N, 3.16188°W

Information

Powis Castle

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Slate or State, Penrhyn Castle

Slate or State in the Grand Hall, Penrhyn Castle

Date

2 July 2017

Location

Penrhyn Castle, Llandegai, Bangor
SH 60219 71962; 53.22624°N, 4.09534°W

Information

The installation, entitled Slate or State, is on display in the Grand Hall of Penrhyn Castle from 1 July until 5 November 2017.

“This sculpture was developed as part of a year-long residency by artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich. It is a symbolic object; its form is drawn from Victorian paintings and sketches of Penrhyn Quarry, the quarry once owned by Lord Penrhyn.

“The choice of material for the sculpture draws inspiration from the history of protest, and large-scale inflatables that since the 1920s have taken to the streets in collective actions that have called for a fairer society.

“Walker and Bromwich are known internationally for their large-scale participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. Their residency at Penrhyn Castle was the final act of a three-year collaboration between Arts Council Wales and the National Trust, and their brief was to “interrogate the castle’s controversial history, the stories surrounding it and its relationship with local communities”.

“The focus of the work is the Great Strike of 1900-03, a bid by the men of Penrhyn Quarry to improve their working conditions.

“Walker and Bromwich have worked with individuals, schools and community groups in the quarry town of Bethesda to develop this sculptural work. This sculpture was the focal point of a symbolic event that paid tribute to the local community, which staged the longest strike in British industrial history.

“On 1 July 2017 the Penrhyn Choir processed this sculpture from Bethesda into the Grand Hall. During this performance the original demands of the Great Strike, combined with demands of today, were sung by the choir: colliding in time two points in history where working conditions have been at the forefront of social change.”

– Sara Roberts, Curator

Further Reading

Penrhyn Castle;
Great Strike;
Penrhyn Quarry;
More posts in the Penrhyn Castle Series

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