Artist creates spherical pics of historical Gwent

ARTIST: Matt Wright uses high definition imagery to create spherical sculptures like this one featuring Tintern Abbey.

ARTIST: Matt Wright uses high definition imagery to create spherical sculptures like this one featuring Tintern Abbey.

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A NEW project that will give a unique perspective on three heritage sites in Gwent has been launched by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

For the new project called Relics, Cadw is working with 360-degree photographer Matt Wright as he uses high-definition imagery to create sculptures inspired by eight of the country’s most iconic sites, including Blaenavon Ironworks, Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey.

The Cardiff-based visual artist specialises in transforming panoramic images into large spherical sculptures called photospheres.

“Wales’s incredibly diverse range of landscapes and rich heritage has always provided me with a great amount of creative inspiration,” Mr Wright said.

“I am extremely excited to be working with such impressive heritage sites.”

His photospherical sculptures will appear at Cadw sites across Wales through August until Wednesday, September 17. The spheres will also appear at Pentre Ifan, Porthgain, Valle Crucis Abbey, Din Lligwy Hut and Group on Anglese.

The minister for natural resources, culture and sport, John Griffiths, said: “This is another example of using innovative techniques to encourage people to engage with Welsh heritage. It’s important to look at new ways of promoting our heritage”

Dr Ffion Reynolds, Cadw’s Heritage and Arts Manager, said: “These short-term installations will allow viewers to reflect upon Welsh culture and heritage.”

For more information, visit cadw.wales.gov.uk and mattwrightphotography.co.uk

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