Celtic Circle Dawn-02 is one of a collection of images taken by me, Pat Bullen-Whatling, of my outdoor Land Art created specifically for the National Trust of Wales, Newton House, Parc Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire in West Wales. This natural, digital image was created at, or just after, dawn on a fine Welsh autumnal morning. I had used willow wands, cut on the Dinefwr Estate, to weave a fantasy door to the otherworld; a mystical, mysterious window that displays the famous ancient woodlands and the rising sun of the dawn from one aspect and the man-made vista of the deer park, the distant folly of Paxton’s Tower on its lofty hill and the setting sun in the opposite direction.
These fine art prints are wonderful when seen in large format and close up; the raindrops and other details really come to life then and form a picture that is, at the same time, both calming and mystical.
I have worked with the National Trust in Wales on several occasions and produced this Celtic Circle, a piece of land art (taller than me!) which stood outside Newton House for some months but has since been taken indoors for safe-keeping.
I held a twelve day, one-woman exhibition there (670+ visitors) ran willow weaving displays and courses (creating large scale, outdoor pieces; e.g. a 42’ (13mtr) willow Welsh Dragon) as well as running classes for children. In 2011 I produced another piece of land art, a weaver bird’s nest, another piece of wicca work woven from the estate’s willows and in 2012 a magnificent ‘Plege or Wishing Tree.’
One willow piece I created in 2010 has been put on permanent display by Carmarthen County Council in Carmarthen itself; an outdoor, lifesize work of the magician Merlin, friend of King Arthur.
Carmarthen, by the way (in Welsh Caer Myrddyn) means, literally, the City of Merlin – birthplace of the Arthurian legendary wizard.
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