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£1m ‘Welsh legends’ landmarks contest postponed

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The Welsh government has withdrawn its international competition to design and build two £500,000 landmarks commemorating national legends in 2017

Launched in September, the two-stage contest for the centrepieces of Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends was put on hold last month and is now expected to restart in December.

The Welsh government declined to explain its reasons but it is understood the decision follows a shortage of applications to the landmark commission due to onerous restrictions for competing.

Applicants were required to submit a written expression of interest, featuring four case studies of similar work completed in the past five years.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: ‘The art installation competition, which is part of our celebration of the Year of Legends 2017, is still proceeding.

‘The contract will be re-advertised to widen awareness of this exciting commission. We aim to commence the new tender process by early December, with a view to announcing the successful bid by spring 2017.’

The two-stage contest, aimed at 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.

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.

Entries will be judged on capability, use of materials and suitability for an unsupervised public space. Shortlisted applicants will 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 in the spring, and will each receive a commission to deliver their respective installations, each with a budget of up to £500,000.


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