National Recording Project


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

National Millennium Beacon


Type Sculpture

     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.



Contributor details

Contributor Role
Petersen, David Sculptor
Petersen, Gideon Sculptor
Petersen, Toby Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Beacon Forged and fabricated stainless steel 457cm high x 152cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road None
Precise location On top of the entrance to Cardiff City Hall
A-Z ref 30 3A
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Beacon Millennium, British Gas and Cardiff County Council
Duty of care Cardiff County Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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