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Sculpture Parks: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, Wales

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Artist: PETERSEN, David
TitleOfWork: 'Rhiannon "Divine Queen" '
DateOfWork: 1992
Dimensions: 3.5m x 2.5m wide and 1.3m deep
Medium: mild steel
Location: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot
Country: UK - Wales
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
The sculptures at Margam are administered by an independent trust 'Sculpture at Margam'. This is funded by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and assisted by The Arts Council of Wales.

'Rhiannon' was made for the 1992 Garden Festival Wales at Ebbw Vale and was sponsored by British Steel and Burt Boulton and Haywood. The catalogue for the public art programme for the Festival (ISBN 0-9519390-0-9) includes the following information provided by the artist:
The work is a female deity, a combination of the Minoan Snake Goddess from Knossos and the Welsh Divine Queen Rhiannon.
"The materials used relate to the heavy industrial immediate past of Ebbw Vale .. its manufacture .. involved all four elements - earth, air, fire and water - enabling (according to the Celts) the fifth element - magic - to appear.
The two buckets (the dress) refer to the two cauldrons often used by the Celts as votive offerings .. The heavily rivetted 'grab' becomes a bra for the two orbs, which in turn become the exposed breasts of the Minoan Goddess, and the bra straps become ribbons flowing in the wind."

These photographs were taken in July 1994.

This piece is still in situ (1999)

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