New Llanberis sculpture celebrates Gwynedd's heritage
Pupils from Ysgol Dolbadarn in Llanberis were amongst those who took part in the unveiling of a new sculpture on the shore of Llyn Padarn that aims to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the area.
The 20 foot steel sword sculpture – funded through the Welsh Government’s regional tourism engagement fund – aims to raise awareness of the history of the Princes of Gwynedd and their contribution to the area’s Welsh heritage.
As part of the project, the Council asked for suggestions for names for the sword sculpture from the public which were then carefully considered by pupils from nearby Ysgol Dolbadarn. Their choice Llafn y Cewri, meaning ‘Blade of the Giants’, was unveiled in Llanberis on Tuesday.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “As many people know, Llanberis holds a significant place in our 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 aim of this sculpture is to raise awareness amongst visitors to the area and local residents about the history of Gwynedd and of Wales as a nation.
“The fact is that tourism plays an important part in the Gwynedd economy, with approximately 16,000 Gwynedd residents employed in the sector, many in the Llanberis area. We know that cultural tourism is a growth sector and we are eager to support our communities to make tourism a viable, year-round industry.
“The work of installing this sculpture is part of our efforts to draw national and international attention to Gwynedd and to encourage people to come and experience our heritage, as well as being a great way for us to celebrate our own history.”
The Council received advice from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales on the type of sword the Gwynedd princes would have used. This was used by the blacksmith, Gerallt Evans as part of the design work for the sculpture, which is now installed in Llanberis.
As well as the weathered steel sculpture depicting the type of sword used by the Princes of Gwynedd which is now in place, information panels will shortly be in place to provide background to those visiting the area to explain its historic significance.
The Welsh Government’s latest figures show that 22% of domestic visitors and 43% of foreign visitors to Gwynedd come to enjoy the history and heritage, with more than a third of foreign visitors staying locally.
The project is part funded by the Welsh Government’s Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF).
1 – Councillor Ioan Thomas, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and local Councillor for Llanberis, Kevin Morris Jones with Ysgol Dolbadarn pupils in front of the sculpture - Llafn y Cledd
2 – Pupils from Ysgol Dolbadarn unveiling the name Llafn y Cewri
3&4 – The new sculpture in Llanberis which celebrates local history and heritage