by Webmaster, 7th July 2021
A company in mid Wales have made history after creating one of the most famous statues of one of the most famous women in the world
The statue of the former Princess of Wales, unveiled by her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex at Kensington Palace was on the front of all the national newspapers, but few realise that it started its journey from a small foundry on the Welsh Borders.
The work was created by the artist Ian Rank-Broadley, and the process of turning it into a bronze statue was carried out by Castle Fine Arts Foundry, which has its head office in Llanrhaeadr.
The firm's director, Chris Jones, said it had been an honour to complete the work, and he paid tribute to staff across its Llanrhaeadr, Stroud, and Liverpool sites for their efforts to cast Mr Rank-Broadley's work into the statue which has now been revealed to the world.
The bronze statue depicts the princess surrounded by three children to represent the "universality and generational impact" of her work and was revealed on what would have been her 60th birthday.
"There are so many incredible artisans we have working here and it is easy to become blasé , “ says Chris. “We create so much work, including of the Beatles, famous footballers as well as private commissions, that go round the world, but this is one of those times that you stop and take stock of the amazing things people at the company contribute.
"The statue will be there for hundreds of years and it is something we are very proud of.”