A petition has been raised opposing the building of an ‘Iron Ring’ sculpture outside of Wales’ Flint Castle.
The petition describes the structure, which was designed by George King Architects, as a representation of how Edward I used his iron ring to “subjugate and oppress” the Welsh people.
Flint Castle was the first of a series of castles that formed a chain of fortresses known as Edward I’s ‘Iron Ring’, as part of his campaign to conquer Wales. It is also the site where Richard II surrendered the crown to Henry IV.
Plans for the £400,000 structure were unveiled on 20 July and it is said to symbolise the relationship between Europe’s medieval monarchies and the castles they built.
George King Architects said the tilted appearance of the 30m diameter rusted steel ring emerging out of the ground mirrors the “unstable nature of the crown”.
The architect group won a competition to design the concept in celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends.
The petition created by Izzy Evans said: “We find this extremely disrespectful to the people of Wales and our ancestors who have battled oppression, subjugation and injustice for hundreds of years.”
Currently, 5,822 people have signed the petition which has a goal of 6,000 signatures.
The campaigners are proposing that the monument is reconsidered and the money put into the project be spent elsewhere.