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Architects join huge Landmark for Wales shortlists - images

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Graham Massie, Ian Ritchie and Marks Barfield are among 15 contenders vying to create Wales' own version of Gateshead's The Angel of the North.

Five designs have made it on to each of competition-organiser Landmark Wales' shortlists to become the chosen icons of Holyhead, the Second Severn Crossing and Flintshire - all key crossing points into the principality.

One of each will be forwarded by Landmark Wales for National Lottery Living Landmarks funding.

Designs include an enormous sun-lit glass 'Dragon's Egg' by artist Amber & Pearl which David Davies, MP and AM for Monmouth, described as 'completely awful'.

But Marks Barfield looks set to match its London Eye success with its Red Cloud entry (above). The sculpture - which is currently clear favourite according to the Western Mail - is formed of red painted human forms flying in formation.

The Landmark Wales design competition is one of 23 across the UK competing for National Lottery Living Landmarks funding. Two other Welsh schemes - an arts centre in Llanelli and the restoration of Newport canal system - are hoping for the Lottery cash.

To see all the entries, visit: www.ajplus.co.uk/b_bank

by Max Thompson

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