Bridges, not Walls

We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Sir Isaac Newton

This new temporary installation artwork has been commissioned by the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, for presentation 9th July- 5th August 2021. With support from the Welsh Government, this will be Luke’s first major commission for the country.

The Eisteddfod has a long and rich history of working with different communities and nations across the world to bring people together to share their creativity and a message of peace.

“When I first saw Llangollen Bridge I fell in love with it. It’s so iconic and at the heart of the town. Across the world, bridges have always been used as both a physical and symbolic way to connect people – which fits perfectly with the aims and ambitions of the Eisteddfod. I can’t wait to see the patchworks the creative people from the local community send in, in order to turn the bridge into a work of art.” said Luke

The 60m long bridge will be wrapped both sides in giant patchwork to reflect the crafts and cultures of Wales, but also the participating nations of the Eisteddfod. Transforming the bridge into a work of art, the colours are inspired by the incredible fabrics worn by the festival performers. The artwork brings the Eisteddfod’s creativity out from the festival field, into the town, transforming and animating Llangollen for the whole world to see.

From every angle the bridge will be an incredible sight to see, changing with the light and weather conditions. Even the water will be transformed with its reflections of colour from the bridge.

Get Stitching! 

Llangollen Eisteddfod are calling out for people to help transform the landmark Llangollen Bridge into a giant work of art to launch this year’s festival. We are offering you the opportunity to get involved, by asking that you make your own 1m x 1m fabric squares which will be stitched together and hung over the bridge. Ideally the patches should be bold in design, so it stands out when seen from a distance.

For your patch to be included in the bridge, it needs to be delivered to the Penddol entrance by the Llangollen Eisteddfod site by 30th June 2021.
Follow this link for more details.

Small arch test.

With thanks to:
Paul Channing- CAD,
Jon Glanville – lead sewing machinist,
Emma William &  Saffron – sewing machinists.