Willow Sculpture

Stag

stag woven from willow by Beryl Smith

This larger-than-life-size stag was created for the Meirionydd Oakwoods Habitat Management Project in 2008, to help promote oak woods in Meirionydd. This stag can be seen at ...

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Blodeuwedd

lady woven from willow by Beryl Smith

Blodeuwedd emerges out of a flower, as in the fourth part of the Mabinogion.

Commissioned for a Story-Telling Festival in Maentwrog woods, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, in June 2008

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Ancient Oak

ancient oak woven from willow by Beryl Smith

Created for The Woodland Trust in 2007 as part of the Ancient Tree Project, launched at the Royal Welsh Show in 2007. The Ancient Oak then went on to tour many festivals and events throughout England and Wales during 2007 / 8, including a week at the Sennedd in Cardiff, the National Eisteddfod and Hay Festival to name a few.

The design was inspired by the desire to create something for people to enjoy that was interactive, and being able to get inside the tree was a great success for children and adults alike.

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Howling Wolf

howling wolf woven from willow by Beryl Smith

The 7ft. tall ‘Howling Wolf’ was commissioned in 2006 by the Forestry Commission as part of the Meirionydd Oakwoods Project, to help promote the beautiful Coed-y-Beiddiau (Welsh for ‘Wolf's Wood’) oakwoods, through which the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway cuts, and believed to be the last place that wolves were seen in Wales. It can be reached via the footpath which starts near the Tan-y-Bwlch railway station.

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life woven from willow by Beryl Smith

The ‘Tree of Life’ was commissioned in 2008 for Age Concern's Gwanwyn Festival (‘Gwanwyn’ meaning ‘Spring time’), held in Spring each year with the aim of encouraging older people to get involved with the arts.

The ‘Tree of Life’ design was inspired by the lovely Gwanwyn Festival logo, and, wanting it to be interactive, I decided to put a seat around it for people to enjoy taking a moment to reflect on their lives. It is sited in Margam Parkk near Port Talbot for all to enjoy.


Dancing Lady

dancing lady woven from willow by Beryl Smith

She is a beautiful, graceful dancing lady sculpture, created as a private commission in 2008.

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Leaping Salmon

leaping salmon woven from willow in a workshop run by Beryl Smith

The ‘Leaping Salmon’ can be seen in Victoria Park, Llanidloes. It was created by young people in Llanidloes during the Summer holidays of 2008, as part of Compton Yard's ‘Youth in Action’ project.

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