A focal point of the Wilfred Owen Festival will be the unveiling of a newly commissioned bronze statue of the war poet in the town of his birth. Oswestry Town Council have commissioned local artist and sculptor Tim Turner to produce the life size bronze which will be unveiled during the festival and will be sited in the towns wonderful Victorian Cae Glas Park. The statue will be cast in bronze at the Castle Fine Arts Foundry in near by Llanrhaeadr. The foundry has produced work for artists all over the world and has an amazing portfolio of work including the Beatles in Liverpool, the Queen at Royal Ascot and many of the memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas to name just a few.
The statue will stand as a tribute to the great war poet but also to all those who sacrificed their lives for us during WW1 and other conflicts since. The figure will have the words of Owen’s poems written by local primary school children cast into the bronze along with poems written by pupils from some of our secondary schools and a poem put together by students from the Derwen College. The date for the unveiling is still to be decided and details will appear here when finalised.