The Return of the Pilgrim / Dychweliad y Perenin

A Localgiving supported campaign to re-erect a sculpture of a pilgrim on the hilltop above the ruins of the famous Strata Florida Abbey in the Welsh Cambrian Mountains has culminated with the return of this remarkable piece of art.

The Pilgrim, or Y Pererin in Welsh was created by artist Glenn Morris and erected on Penlan, the hill overlooking Strata Florida Abbey, near Pontrhydfendigaid, in 2012 for a local arts festival. Sadly, the sculpture collapsed in high winds in 2019 and lay forlorn on the hilltop, located between Devil’s Bridge and Tregaron. By the time of its fall, it had become a much-loved figure on the Ceredigion skyline, signifying a struggle against the Welsh weather, or perhaps some of the other challenges the world can throw at us.

In 2021 the local community decided it was time to bring it back, so the Strata Florida Community Liaison Group began a campaign to raise the money. The World Monuments Fund provided match funding if the community raised £7,500 which they did through Localgiving and this weekend Y Pererin returned to his rightful place!

The sculpture frame is now of weather-resistant galvanised steel, bulked out with Welsh oak, some from the abbey’s own wood as well as wool from local flocks.

We absolutely love it! And are proud to have played a small role in returning Y Perenin to his rightful place!

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