It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities.
But a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face which was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than “graffiti” after it became “cooked on” after a hotter than expected summer.
Permission was given by the National Trust, which owns the land, on the basis that the paint would wash off in the rain. The unfortunate consequences have raised the ire of the community, conservation bodies and mountaineering organisations.
Elfyn Jones, conservation officer for Wales at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), said: “We have sympathies for the artistic endeavours involved but what is left is no more than graffiti in a semi-wild landscape in a national park. It’s unfortunate to say the least.”
So it wasn’t graffiti for the duration of the event, but now they can’t remove it, it suddenly is…?
A spokeswoman for the theatre said: “The intention was to return the whole site to its original state. Unfortunately, despite detailed research, the removal of the poetry on the rock face is taking longer than anticipated. After the performance the vast majority of the paint was removed. Unfortunately despite our best efforts, the words remain visible.”
So it’s purely an unfortunate turn of events? Could have happened to anyone?
Mountain climber Mark Reeves said they may have “blighted the landscape they have chosen to help celebrate their tale for a good many years” . The concern, he said, was “no one had actually thought through how they were going to get rid of the poem” highlighted by “the mess they made clearing it.”
But they had thought about it. They simply didn’t foresee the freak weather conditions. Much like mountain climbers & hikers, who end up getting rescued by the RAF.
Perhaps next time, the RAF should just suck their teeth, shake their heads & say “Well, they didn’t think that one through, did they?”