A stunning ten-foot high statue of Wales’ patron saint, St David (Dewi Sant) is on its way to Brittany in France as Wales’ contribution to an internationally-acclaimed sculpture park.
The Vallee Des Saints has on display over a hundred Celtic saints, all glorified in granite. St David is the latest to join them.
Its journey into immortality began yesterday (July 3rd) with a blessing by the Bishop of St Davids, Joanna Penberthy, at an event attended by hundreds of villagers and and local dignitaries.
Bishop Joanna is a former parish priest in the village of Llansawel, near Llandeilo, where the statue has been taking shape for the last seven months. She has taken a personal interest in the project, the work of local sculptor and church warden, Paul Kincaid.
“I’m absolutely amazed by it,” she said. “It’s incredible that Paul has produced something so moving, so fluid, so spirit-filled, so human”
The statue is making its way from Llansawl to France by ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff. It will then spend a month touring key pilgrim sites in Brittany before beiung instalkled in La Vallee des Saints on August 11th.
Paul describes the statue as “a wonderful thing to make.” But it has been a daunting task. “St David was a big man in every sense,” he said. “I hope I have done him justice.”