Artist plans to install 'iconic' tree sculpture on beach

By Caleb Spencer in Arts

A TALIESIN artist has been busy consulting with Borth residents after revealing details of his plan to install an “iconic” tree-like structure on the beach.

Robert Davies said he wanted the proposed structure, simply called ‘Tree’, to help visualise the village’s ancient history, the petrified forest and recently discovered 4,000-year-old deer antlers hinting at the legendary Cantre’r Gwaelod.

Positioned on the beach around half a mile north of the Youth Hostel, ‘Tree’ would be around 10 metres tall, and the trunk of the structure, moulded from a the bark of a tree in the area, would have a radius of 30cm.

The branches, also moulded and arching towards the shore as if shaped by the prevailing south-westerly winds, would be around 9ft off the ground making it visible above the mean high water line and therefore difficult for people to climb, even by swimmers at high tide.

“The story of Cantre’r Gwaelod and the community that lived on this land is central to the history of this area,” Mr Davies, who won plaudits for his film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth, entitled ‘Of time and the railway’, said in a statement on his website.

“This history is closer to the surface of our consciousness because of the ancient forest that is at times submerged and at others revealed."

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A hard copy of the marine licence application for ‘Tree’ is being held at Aberystwyth Library for public viewing.

Any comments should be sent to the marine licensing team at NRW by email to

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