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‘Iron Ring’ sculpture put on hold by Welsh council following petition

An ‘Iron Ring’ sculpture that was set to be erected outside Wales’ Flint Castle has been put on hold following a petition by the community.

The piece which was designed by George King Architects drew criticism after a petition set up by musician Izzy Evans described it as “disrespectful”.

The architect group won a competition to design the concept in celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends.

Since the details of the structure were unveiled on 20 July, a petition against it has reached almost 9,000 signatures.

Ken Skates, Welsh Government cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, has now agreed to revise the plans of the £395,000 structure.

Skates said: “We have listened and recognise the strength of feeling around the proposed art installation at Flint Castle and feel it is only right that we now take a pause and review the plans for the sculpture.

“Working closely with local partners, we will continue to work on proposals for developments at Flint, including reviewing new visitor facilities.”

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2 comments

  1. I grew up in Flint in the 1970s/80s and remember an ‘iron ring’ of shopping trolleys in the moat! Nobody seemed to care about it then (or the graffiti) so any improvement or cultural input is welcome and if we can attract visitors surely that is a good thing? Looking at this in the fiip side – yes – this is a reminder of the past but also the strength of an enduring culture/ language and people. I see no problem with it.

  2. Poor old sensitive welsh. Had it been a welsh Architect no doubt no issue. Why don’t they see it as a crowning glory to the culture with welsh gold in the crown and rings of kings!

    Mind you all those pizza bars must be a reminder of enslavement by the italians post Offa!

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