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Plans for "Iron Ring" Sculpture in Wales Put on Hold After Public Outcry

13:45 - 26 July, 2017
Plans for "Iron Ring" Sculpture in Wales Put on Hold After Public Outcry, Courtesy of George King Architects
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Plans for a new iron ring sculpture located at Flint Castle in Wales have been put on hold following public outcry.

Earlier this week, George King Architects was selected as the winners of a competition held by the Welsh Government to design a signature art piece celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends with their proposal, the Iron Ring, which consists of a large circular structure embedded in the earth at just two points to create a cantilevered observation point with views of the castle and the River Dee.

But opponents of the design have claimed that the sculpture is an overt reference to the “iron ring” of fortresses used by King Edward I to “subjugate and oppress” the people of Wales during his reign from 1272 to 1307. After an online petition calling for the project to be scrapped reached over 7,000 signatures, Economy Secretary Ken Skates announced a "pause" to review the design.

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