SO0661 : Sculpture: 'Taliesin', Temple Gardens, Llandrindod Wells

taken 6 years ago, near to Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Great Britain

Sculpture: 'Taliesin', Temple Gardens, Llandrindod Wells
Sculpture: 'Taliesin', Temple Gardens, Llandrindod Wells
This stone sculpture by Alain Ayers was made and installed 1985-6. A leaflet 'Powys Sculpture Trail in the Landscape of Writers' explains: "Regarded as the greatest of the Welsh Bards, Taliesin was a semi-mythical figure who may have been a native of Powys since the earliest poem in 'The Book of Taliesin' the twelve poems that probably represent his authentic work, is in praise of Cynan Gorwyn - King of Powys. The folk-tale 'Hanes Taliesin' tells how Ceridwyn brewed a magic potion for her son Mort to drink and gain the gift of poetry. Her servant Gwion Bach stole the gift. Ceridwyn then pursued Gwion through a seriesof transformations until he was swallowed as a grain of wheat by Ceridwyn in the form of a hen. He was reborn as a baby with a beautiful forehead (taliesin) and the goddess could not kill him." The face of the sculpture looks towards the Metropole Hotel, out of shot, left. The piece is very close to SO0661 : A corner of Temple Gardens, Llandrindod Wells.

The work was financed by the Welsh Arts Council, Hotel Metropole and Amey Roadstone. The idea of celebrating famous writers connected with Powys by creating a series of sculptures about them or their work was first proposed by Ben Jones, a native of Powys. Other works can be found in Builth Wells and the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Rhayader. The Powys Sculpture Trail was developed by the Welsh Sculpture Trust and Powys County Council, with the assistance of local organisations and individuals.

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Date Taken
Friday, 27 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 1 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Llandrindod Wells  Temple Gardens 
Name (from Tags)
Taliesin  Alain Ayers 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 0600 6109 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.3966N 3:22.6823W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 0600 6109
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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