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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 27 03:54 PM

7-27-14: Dewi Dragon

A new dude in town, Dewi Dragon...

Harlech Castle was constructed atop a spur of rock next to the Irish Sea by Edward I of England to seal his victory over Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last sovereign Prince of Wales. Although the sea has retreated and no longer protects the castle a new guardian has recently arrived. Where water once protected Harlech, now it is fire. Dewi the Dragon, resplendent in his scaly coat of steel, is the new sentinel of the still magnificent medieval castle and guards the town’s inhabitants from harm.

Kuriositas explains the Red Dragon has come to represent all things welch, then goes on...
There was no pressure, then, on artist Anthony Peacock, who was commissioned to create Dewi in 2010. However, the piece is a triumph, made from 78 square meters of steel sheets which were first cut in to scale shapes. These were then welded on to a frame and polished, measuring in at 16 foot long, 11ft high and 10ft wide. Finally a total of twelve coats of lacquer were applied. All told almost 800 hours of work went in to fashioning this magnificent beast. If Llywelyn had had a dragon like this on side, the castle would quite probably never have been built.

And another one of those signs we wish they didn't have to post, but know they do.

He now stands at the entrance to Min-y-Don Holiday Home and Touring Park, which might make you think that poor Dewi has become some kind of trailer trash titan but the park has won many awards and is right next to the town’s golf course: Dewi is, if anything, something of a posh dragon. As with many Welsh names which to English ears are just so many syllables – Min-y-Don translates in to something quite lovely – the sound of the sea or, alternatively, the edge of the waves.
The Kuriositas link above has a lot more pictures and some of the Welsh/English history, heads on pikes, and how an Englishman or Scot can be the Prince of Wales.

fargon  Sunday Jul 27 05:04 PM

He looks cute.

sexobon  Sunday Jul 27 09:58 PM

Good detail. I wonder if there's a Hewi and Lewi to come.

monster  Sunday Jul 27 10:33 PM


sexobon  Sunday Jul 27 11:03 PM

Perhaps you can make your own out of ceramics. Maybe even do the whole thing at one time if you could turn one of those castle towers into a really big kiln.

Carruthers  Monday Jul 28 04:46 AM

We had a breeding pair in the back garden last year.

Played havoc with the lawn, they did.

Griff  Monday Jul 28 06:55 AM

They keep the mole population in check?

Carruthers  Monday Jul 28 07:43 AM

Originally Posted by Griff View Post
They keep the mole population in check?
Yes, they adopted a scorched Earth policy.

Sheldonrs  Monday Jul 28 10:06 AM

At the gift shop, you can buy a flagon with the dragon.

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