Eight spherical sculptures that reflect on Welsh heritage

Friday 01 August 2014

A new project that will literally reflect on Wales’s history has been launched by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Matt Wright

Matt Wright

For the new project called 'Relics', Cadw is working with 360º photographer Matt Wright as he uses high definition imagery to create sculptures inspired by eight of the country’s most iconic sites including Blaenavon Ironworks and Tintern Abbey.

The Cardiff based visual artist specialises in transforming panoramic images into large spherical sculptures called photospheres.

Relics will be his first large-scale project based around this innovative art form in Wales.

'Wales's incredibly diverse range of landscapes and rich heritage has always provided me with a great amount of creative inspiration,' Matt said.

'Having developed the photospherical medium here, I am extremely excited to be working with such impressive Welsh heritage sites. Having the support of both Cadw and the Arts Council of Wales will allow my work to reach out to new audiences across this beautiful country.'

Mr Wright is currently travelling across Wales capturing high definition imagery at different Cadw sites.

His photospherical sculptures will appear at Cadw sites across Wales from Saturday, August 2 until Wednesday, September 17.

The spheres will appear at Pentre Ifan, Blaenavon Ironworks, Tintern Abbey, Porthgain, Valle Crucis Abbey, Din Lligwy Hut Group on Anglesey and Raglan Castle.

John Griffiths, Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport, said: 'This is another example of using innovative techniques to encourage people to engage with Welsh heritage.

'It’s important to look at new ways of promoting our heritage so that the people of Wales and tourists alike will visit and enjoy the historic monuments we have to offer.'

'These short term installations will allow viewers to reflect upon Welsh culture and heritage,' added Dr Ffion Reynolds, Cadw’s Heritage and Arts Manager.

'They will offer our visitors the chance to experience and interact with the varied landscapes of Wales through installations at eight of our spectacular monuments.'

Matt and his team will be onsite during the installations documenting the photospheres so visitors will have the chance to discuss his work.

The final sculptures and resulting documentation will then form a touring exhibition supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government to be launched at the Wales Millennium Centre in June 2015.

Matt's photospherical sculptures will appear at Cadw sites across Wales on the following dates.

  • August 2,3 — Pentre Ifan
  • August 12, 13 — Blaenavon Ironworks
  • August 15,16 and 17 — Tintern Abbey
  • August 18, 19 — Porthgain
  • September 5,6 and 7 — Valle Crucis
  • September 8,9 — Din Lligwy Hut Group
  • September 10,11 and 12 — Castell y Bere and Criccieth Castle
  • September 16,17 — Raglan Castle