the spur sculpture

Golygfa Gwydyr have the privelage of managing and developing the ‘Llwybr y Ceirw’ Sculpture Trail. A path which leads almost directly up from the Sawbench car park (also the start of infamous Marin Mountain Bike Trail) to the Caerdroia Labyrinth site in the heart of the Gwydyr Forest above Llanrwst.

The trail was originally opened in July of 2010 (see article below or follow the link www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/WebPressReleases) and GG are very keen to see new works added to it. One such recent addition was a ‘Piano Garden’ installation by Annea Lockwood, at the head of the trail near to the entrance of the Caerdroia Labyrinth itself.

Renowned in her field, USA Sound Artist ‘Annea Lockwood’ re-created her ‘Piano Garden’ art installation @11am on Saturday June 28th 2013, as part of a series of 3 installations (Piano Garden, Piano Burning, and Piano Drowning) originally conceived and performed in the 60’s and 70’s.

Bangor Sound City enabled the recreation all 3 of these installations and pieces over this recent weekend; the Drowning as part of the Hawrich Festival of the Arts; the Burning @ the Old Goods Yard near Bangor; and the Garden @the Caerdroia site just near the entrance to the Labyrinth.

Unlike the other installations, due to it’s nature, the Piano Garden will remain in location for time and memoriam and a record of it’s progress will be kept and visually documented for years to come. (NB. The original Piano Garden installation circa 1969 was only in situ for a few months, before the artist had to move house and the installation be destroyed).

A Fantastic addition to the Sculpture Trail we hope to attract more artists and their works to really make the path a truly distinctive feature of the Gwydyr Forest and attract more people to beauty and wonder of the area, and not least of all, Llanrwst, and the Caerdroia Labyrinth site itself.

Pictures of the installation:

If you are interested in finding out more about being involved in the Llwybr y Ceirw project then please do get in touch. contact Roger hughes via the Golygfa Gwydyr office (details below).

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More about ‘Llwybr y Ceirw’:

‘A new sculpture trail inspired by the medieval history of Llanrwst will be unveiled in Gwydyr forest on Friday (July 2 2010).

One of the sculptures on the trail pays homage to Wales’s real-life Robin Hood figure – Dafydd ap Siencyn – who lived in the forest overlooking the town with his army of followers.

Another consists of three eight-foot towers, created from the trunks of ancient oak trees, and were inspired by a 15th Century poem written by Tudur Penllyn in praise of Siencyn.

The sculptures were commissioned by the community group, Cymru Lloegr a Llanrwst and public art agency Safle, and created by artists Megan Broadmeadow and Mari Gwent, who spent 18 months working in the area.

Megan and Mari were inspired by the legend of Siencyn to create the sculpture trail, LLwybr-y-Ceirw (Path of the Deer), which celebrates the illustrious history and heritage of Llanrwst in the Forestry Commission Wales-managed forest.

The name of the trail stems from the medieval legend that the deer which once lived in the forest relocated to the town after the residents fled to the forest to escape the fierce battles which besieged them.

Megan’s sculpture, called Ysbardyn (Spur), was inspired by the discovery of Siencyn’s own riding spur, now exhibited in St Grwst Church. Ysbardyn is a large wooden replica of the spur, made using a single tree which lies in the heart of the trail, along an ancient pathway where it is believed Siencyn once rode.

She said, “The delicate beauty of the weapon, compared to its use in violent battles, filled me with a sense of history and I was inspired to make a piece of work that took it back to the forest from where it once came.”

Sculpture trail pieces

Sculpture trail piecesMari’s work consists of three eight-foot towers, created from the trunks of ancient oak trees, in reverence to the poetry and music written about the town.

As well as Penllyn’s ode to Siencyn the towers, entitled Derw dol yw dy dyrau di (the tall oak are your fortresses), contain text from another poem by T. Glynn Davies as well as the band Y Cyrff’s song, Cymru Lloegr a Llanrwst, carved into their trunks.

Mari said, “The sculptures, which stand in a proud position overlooking the town, represent the continuation and development of the area’s Welsh tradition that has its roots deep in the Gwydyr forest.”

Ian Jenkins, a member of Cymru Lloegr a Llanrwst, said he hoped the sculptures would inspire people to celebrate and explore the town’s history.

“We are celebrating the fighting spirit of Llanrwst and the once symbiotic relationship between the townsfolk and the forest. The work also celebrates the life of one of Llanrwst’s own heroes – Dafydd ap Siencyn – of whom our community group is very proud,” he added.

The sculpture trail follows part of Lady Mary’s Walk and then public footpaths to the Caerdroia, which is a community-run labyrinth where open-air theatre productions are held. It can also be joined from the FC Wales car park at Gwydyr Uchaf.

FC Wales Local Area Manager Tim Gordon-Roberts said, “As well as enjoying the beauty of Gwydyr forest as it is today, people will now also be able to connect with its fascinating past.”

The trail will be maintained by another community group, Golygfa Gwydyr, whose manager, Roger Davies, said he hoped the unveiling of the sculptures represented the beginning of a new relationship between the residents of the town and the forest.

“We hope the trail will encourage people to take advantage of living so close to such a stunning public space,” he added.

As well as designing and building the sculptures, Megan and Mari presented several animated events including blanketing the town square in turf and transforming shop windows into movie screens.’