mural marks start of pilgrim's way
A mural has been unveiled at Basingwerk Abbey in Holywell to mark the start of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way.
The six metre long sculpture has been designed by local schoolchildren who worked with artist Neil Dalrymple (pictured). It depicts scenes from along the Pilgrim’s Way beginning in the east at Basingwerk Abbey and finishing in the west at Bardsey Island.
Groundwork North Wales have overseen the project and helped secure the funding from the Arts Council of Wales to make the mural a reality. On Tuesday 5 March the Mayor of Holywell Councillor Joe Johnson handed out certificates to the students who helped to make the mural and officially unveiled the artwork.
Artist Neil Dalrymple was delighted to see it all completed. He said:
“It looks excellent, I think the stand it’s put on is fantastic, strong and robust and I’m really pleased with it.
“The mural is made out of high-fired ceramic stonework clay and it’s all coloured with glazes, stains and metal oxide. Each of the five sections have been fired at 1230 centigrade to finish it off.”
Jenny Potter came up with the idea for the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way and said:
“I’m so excited that this has been put here. I thought we should have something to mark the start of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way and you can’t miss that.
“I’m hoping visitors to Basingwerk Abbey will see the mural and recognise where it goes and want to try out the Pilgrim’s Way for themselves. It’s a great representation of the entire route.”
The Mayor of Holywell Councillor Joe Johnson & Sue Johnson with artist Neil Dalrymple, Jenny and Chris Potter, local schoolchildren who took part in the project and members of Groundwork North Wales
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