When I was in Wales in September, I loved seeing dragon symbols everywhere — so much so that I bought a dragon Christmas ornament as souvenir. I don’t recall thinking that what the country really needed was an gigantic, red-tinted bronze dragon statue. But now that the announcement has been made that they’re building Waking the Dragon in Wrexham, it seems so obvious that one was missing all along!
These photos come from the Waking the Dragon project, and they’re only renderings. They hope to have the dragon finished by August 2011, which sounds overly optimistic to me. But then, I’ve never even built a small dragon… Let alone a glass cultural tower beneath it.
This statue is being compared to the Statue of Liberty in terms of size, although it will be a little smaller. But unlike our Lady Liberty, which has a lit flame on her torch, there will be no fire component on Waking the Dragon. This sounds like a real missed opportunity because a fire-breathing dragon would be awesome.
Dragons are everywhere in Wales — mostly in two-dimensional picture form but there are some smaller statues too. The red dragon is on the flag, and the Welsh are very proud so they’ll display the symbol wherever they can. Dragons feature prominently in Welsh legend, like prophecy of Merlin about a the long fight between a red dragon (Welsh) and a white dragon (Saxons) that the red dragon would eventually win. I loved seeing dragons everywhere because it really sparked my imagination and made me think back to mythical times when you just might have to slay a dragon that got in your way.
I hope no one succeeds in slaying this £6 million project because it seems like a great tourist attraction for Northeast Wales.
What do you think?