Artistic designs on Conwy’s town walls and castle
Roy Williams, a custodian at Conwy Castle for seven years, loves the castle’s new art installations, inspired by Conwy’s medieval history. He chooses his favourites:
Conwy Castle and the town walls comprise some of the ﬁnest medieval fortiﬁcations anywhere in Britain. We recently added a new dimension, welcoming five artists into the castle ruins to portray their take on its history. This series of new artworks symbolises fragments of the castle’s rich story and adds depth to the human story behind the history books.
Strike a pose
'The Guard' sculpture at Conwy Castle by JohnThe two getting the most attention also happen to be my personal favourites. As you first walk into the castle you’re now greeted by ‘The Guard’ – a huge wooden sentry guard sat on a bench. Created by the artist John Merrill, ‘The Guard’ is made out of oak using architectural features found in the castle, where wood was once featured extensively. This has since been lost to decay over the years. These days he feels very much part of the team. Taking a seat next to him is the latest spot for a photo opportunity.
'Rekindled' Digital Fireplace at Conwy CastleIf you feel a little chilly, then head to the digital interactive fireplace in the Chapel Tower. ‘Rekindled’, created by the artist Jessica Lloyd Jones makes me feel warm just looking at it. I find watching the moving images within the flames is mesmerizing. It reminds me of the value of fire and its various uses from cooking to weapons to heating in medieval times.
A rusted-iron sculpture of the head of King Edward I at Conwy CastleThese two are my personal favourites, but other exhibits include ‘Llywelyn's Coronet’, a crown atop a tower of shields and swords in the Prison Tower by the artist Rubin Eynon. A rusted-iron sculpture of the head of King Edward I by Gideon Petersen in the King's Chamber is a ghostly presence.
These artworks show us that, like much of history, the story of Cowny Castle is not all black and white. It’s complex and intriguing.
Why don’t you come for a visit and choose your own favourite? The Guard is waiting.
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