National Recording Project


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



Type Sculpture

     Group of three dolphins carved from a Corsican Pine. The dolphins appear to be rising out of the water. Their flippers have been designed to move with the water. Sometimes, when the water level is high, just a head and blow hole can be seen, as though coming up for air.
     The carving of three dolphins came about following a meeting in the Old Village car park, between sculptor Andy Hancock and Andrew Hall of Forest Enterprise Wales. A 150 year old Corsican Pine needed to be felled for safety reasons and Andy Hancock saw that three branches could become three leaping dolphins if the tree was laid on its side. In due course the top 20ft was felled and with the assistance of FEW's machinery, the dolphin tree was edged towards the shoreline to be carved into shape. The work took eight weeks to carve using a chainsaw, power planer, sander and a selection of hand chisels. They were the first of Andy's sculptures to be carved around the lake. 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.

Related works : The sculpture 'Badgers' (see POWYS048) was carved from the same tree.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hancock, Andy Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Dolphins Corsican Pine Not measured (NB: In water at time of inspection!)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road B4393
Precise location Water's edge at Old Village car park
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ001214
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1997
Unveiling details c.1997
Commissioned by Severn Trent Water
Duty of care Severn Trent Water
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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