A sculpture by George King Architects entitled Iron Ring has been selected as the winning entry in a nationwide contest to design a landmark sculpture at Flint Castle celebrating Wales’ 2017 ‘Year of Legends’
The £395,000 sculpture symbolises a giant rusted crown representing the intimate relationship between the medieval monarchies of Europe and the castles that they built. The sculpture’s precarious balanced form, half buried beneath the ground, half projecting into the air, demonstrates the unstable nature of the crown. Its location at Flint Castle marks the spot where the crown was famously transferred from one medieval dynasty to another, as described in Shakespeare’s Richard II. Flint Castle was the setting as Richard II surrendered the crown to Henry IV, a momentous event that shaped the history of Britain and Europe.
The illuminated sculpture standing at seven metres high and 30 metres in diameter is designed as a cantilevered bridge structure formed from weathering steel. The structure touches the earth gently, entering the ground in a delicate manner at only two points. The sculpture will be fitted with LED lights and will be engraved with carefully chosen words to be developed with the local community.
When the Iron Ring is installed in spring 2018 visitors will be able to walk along the sculpture through a carefully carved passage, taking in views across the estuary and of the castle itself.