National Recording Project


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

John Evans Memorial


Type Sculpture

     Information from Cywaith Cymru : Artworks Wales Spring 2000 Newsletter. Article by Delyth Prys: John Evans is portrayed as The Lonely Man of Mandan legend, in a bas-relief on a standing stone, with a low boat in front of him, representing the boat bringing John Evans' soul back to Waunfawr. There are other allusions to the sculpture around the garden; a stream of slate along the wall following the course of the stream below, and slates carved by local children and workers at the Antur, done in workshops with the sculptor, portraying various aspects of John Evans' story.
     Antur Waunfawr offers opportunities for people with learning difficulties to work and contribute to the community. It includes a large nature park, community museum, wildlife plant nursery, educational and environmental services as well as a shop and cafĂ©. A festival was held at Waunfawr in 1999 to celebrate the life of John Evans involving musicians, poets, actors, historians, dancers and photographers from Wales and America. The trustees of Waunfawr commissioned the sculpture as part of the celebrations. The work was financed by Antur Waunfawr and the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Unit.
     Information as above: 'John Evans (1770-99) is one of the most famous sons of Waunfawr. Two centuries ago, under the inspiration of the then current myth about native Americans who were descendants of a twelfth century Welsh prince and his followers, he set out for America to find these Welsh Indians. His story ended tragically, and he died there at the age of 29, never to return to Waunfawr.' He is believed to have plotted the Missouri River and to have provided the maps used to find a route to the Pacific.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Watts, Meic Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture (Figurative) Granite and slate 275cm high
Base (Boat) Granite and slate 330cm in length

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road None
Precise location In grounds of Antur Waunfawr
A-Z ref None
OS ref SH527594
Date of design March - July 1999
Year of unveiling 1999
Unveiling details August 1999
Commissioned by Antur Waunfawr
Duty of care Antur Waunfawr
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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