National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



Type Sculpture

     Large dragonfly sculpture carved from a 30ft. Section of a Corsican Pine tree that had been blown over. Fifteen feet of it is buried in the ground with a large boulder on the end to ensure the exposed end is supported. The wings and legs are made from steel.
     The work was commissioned to celebrate the newly declared National Nature Reserve. It took three weeks to complete using chainsaws, an Arbortech 'A' wood cutting blade fitted to a hand grinder and various hand tools.Created in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with water, Lake Vyrnwy and the surrounding countryside - 24,000 acres of forest and moorland - is owned and managed by Severn Trent Water and managed in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Forest Enterprise Wales.The sculpture trail at Lake Vyrnwy was begun in 1997. Its continuing aim is to offer recreational activities and attractions around the lakeside using local resources and a local artist. Artwork depicted on the sculpture trail relates to the biodiversity of the Vyrnwy estate.
     Part of the Lake Vyrnwy estate was declared a National Nature Reserve, by the Countryside Council for Wales. It is owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the RSPB.

Related works : Andy Hancock also designed the five picnic tables at the same location. The table tops have been shaped to represent some of the indigenous tree species of the area including oak, birch and alder.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hancock, Andy Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Dragonfly Corsican pine/steel 'Body' of dragonfly: 457cm long. (NB 15ft of it is buried in the ground. Wing span not included.)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road B4393
Precise location In car parking area at Llechwedd Du
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ002203
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1998
Unveiling details 1998
Commissioned by Severn Trent Water
Duty of care Severn Trent Water
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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