I come back to this blog’s theme of art and sculpture at Welsh medieval castle sites, most recently discussed in relation to Flint Castle.
In that recent post, I criticised some of the new art inhabiting these ruins and the intentions and connontations associated with it. However, my trip earlier this year to another Edwardian castle in North Wales – Harlech – gave me a completely different impression.
The new Cadw sign boards that I’ve criticised elsewhere are far more effective for this castle, partly because they seemed better written, partly because they were deployed in considerable number, rather than in isolation, so that the complex history of the castle could be articulated by them. The lack of phase-plans remains a curse.
I also liked how the World Heritage Site status has encouraged the logo to be integrated into the recently refurbished visitor centre.
I have mixed feelings about the…
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