Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)
Y bwa (The Arc)

© the artist. Image credit: Tony Bennett / Art UK

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Two figures on brick plinths, feet astride two steel arcs with the figures at full stretch, each trying to bend the arc to meet at the top. The sculpture was the first major local authority public art commission in the area for 70 years. It was sponsored by the Welsh Development Agency, the Iron & Steel Trades Confederation, the Arts Council of Wales and Wrexham Maelor Borough Council. The sculpture was intended to enhance the pedestrianised scheme in Lord Street and to reflect the town's industrial heritage. The scheme commenced in April 1992 when the council resolved to consider ideas for works of art in the borough. In consultation with local organisations, various sites were considered including access roads, parks and gardens, industrial estates and town centre sites.


Y bwa (The Arc)




bronze, stainless steel & cylindrical bases covered with terracotta tiles


H 274 x W 366 x D (?) cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by Wrexham Maelor Council

Work type



Wrexham County Borough Council


Wrexham County Borough Council

Work status


Unveiling date

2nd February 1996


at all times

Inscription description

Y BWA THE ARC / Dadorchuddiwyd y cerflun hwn Y Bwa gan David Annand, / gan ei Deilyngdod Maer Wrecsam Maelor, / Y Cynghorydd Michael Morris / ar yr 2nd o Chwefror 1996 / This sculpture The Arc by David Annand was unveiled by / The Worshipful the Mayor of Wrexham Maelor, / Councillor Michael Morris / on 2nd February 1996. / Uwch y waedd, drwy'r gawod chwys - a helynt / Y morthwylion stormus, / Heibio'r awr sy'n bwyta brys, / Mae tynfa yma at enfys. / Myrddin Ap Dafydd / Above the cry, through streaming sweat - and the storm / Of angry hammers, / Past the hour that devours haste, / We are drawn towards rainbows.


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Located at

Lord Street, Wrexham (Wrecsam)

LL11 1LR

Located at the junction with Egerton Street