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'Iconic' art for gateway to town

30 September 08 09:26 GMT

A design has been unveiled for a contemporary sculpture at the gateway to a south Wales valley town.

The sculpture, by Andy Hazell from Knighton in Powys, is due to be sited next to the A470 opposite the former Brown Lenox chainworks in Pontypridd.

The design reflects the town's industrial past, including the chainworks, the Old Bridge and the Glamorganshire Canal.

The project is part of ongoing regeneration work in Pontypridd.

Mr Hazell, who held workshops with young people as part of the project, was chosen from 77 artists to design the landmark.

The artist's previous work includes a giant thumbprint outside Swansea Central Police Station and a sculpture featuring six curved coal drams in Hengoed, Caerphilly county.

Councillor Paul Cannon, Rhondda Cynon Taf's cabinet member for economic development, said the designs were commissioned to create "an iconic gateway sculpture".

"Our support of this scheme once again displays our commitment to the regeneration of Pontypridd town centre," he said.

Two arched sculptures, designed by artist Howard Bowcott, were erected in the town in July.

The sculptures were said to be inspired by the huge chain links made at the former Brown Lenox works.

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