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The poet's account

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The inscription on the front elevation is the result of a competition inviting poems to best promote the building: a competition that had received entries such as: 'Welcome to the Welsh Millennium Centre.' Fortunately poetry won out and the inscription, or engraved poem reads 'Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr O Ffwrnais Awen/In These Stones Horizons Sing'.The Welsh portion of this bi-lingual poem translates as 'Creating Truth Like Glass from the Furnace of Inspiration.'

Renowned poet, Gwyneth Lewis says of her work: 'The copper dome of the building reminded me of the furnaces ofWales's industrial heritage. I wanted to link that to medieval Welsh tradition, and Ceridwen's cauldron, from which the poet Taliesin received his inspiration. fiAwenfl suggests both poetic inspiration and the general creative vision by which people and societies form their aspirations.

The stones inside the building will literally be singing once it is open, and I wanted to convey the sense of international space created by the art of music.'

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