National Millennium Beacon
Tall steel beacon with carved 'flames'. Weighs 1 tonne.
The Myfyrfa Petersen Studio partnership won the competition to design and create the National Millennium Beacon for Wales. The stainless steel for the beacon was produced by the Avesta works in Panteg and the beacon was fabricated at the Petersen's studio in San Cler. David Petersen said 'We were keen to root the beacon sculpture firmly in Wales' history and mythology and our design aims to echo the rejuvenating 'pair dadeni' which has a central place in the story of Branwen in the Mabinogi. Throughout Wales' history, culture and literature, there has consistently been an emphasis on transition and regeneration of the closeness of different 'worlds' and 'times' - and this is very much the contemporary emphasis too as we approach the new millennium.' (Taken from Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales Spring 2000 Newsletter).
Erected to mark the millennium. The beacon was lit on New Year's Eve as a centre piece of the celebrations.
Around base of flame: BEACON MILLENNIUM / COELCERTH Y MILENIWM
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