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£1m contest for ‘Welsh legends’ landmarks begins

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The Welsh government has launched an international competition to design and build two £500,000 landmarks commemorating national legends

The two-stage contest, open to artists and designers, aims to replicate the crowd-drawing success of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North and the Tower of London poppies installation.

The project, backed by the government’s Cadw heritage wing, will form the centrepiece of Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends cultural programme, aimed at boosting tourism.

Announcing the project, cabinet secretary for the economy and infrastructure Ken Skates said: ‘By launching an open competition, we hope to see highly creative and commercially driven project proposals that focus on attracting visitors to our historic sites, while generating income to safeguard their future.

‘For the Year of Legends 2017, our focus will be on reputation-changing, bold, creative and innovative projects. From the legend of King Arthur to the football legends that are emerging this summer in France, Wales has a wealth of material for creative people to draw on.’

One of the structures will be sited at Flint Castle (pictured) which was built in the late 13th century as part of King Edward I’s campaign to conquer Wales. The second structure will be erected at a separate Cadw site, to be chosen in response to the design entries. Proposals can be for either one or both of the sites.

Applicants must submit a written expression of interest, featuring four case studies of work completed in the past five years. Entries will be judged on capability, use of materials and suitability for an unsupervised public space. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to draw up design proposals along with quotations and an outline timetable for delivery and spend.

The winning teams are set to be announced this autumn, and will each receive a commission to deliver their respective installations, each with a budget of up to £500,000.

The deadline for application is 2pm on 4 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Tel: +44 3000628864
Email: alun.richards@wales.gsi.gov.uk


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