Regarding Wrecks

Made:       2015

Shown:    National Trust Penrhyn Castle - Bangor, North Wales

This proposal / drawing series was created during my time as Artist in Residence within the National Trust's Penrhyn Castle.


I became interested in George Sholto Douglas-Pennant’s souvenir of a local tragedy, the fragment of the ship the Royal Charter, which was shipwrecked off the coast of Moelfre on Anglesey in 1859.


The ornately carved fragment is normally displayed in Lord Penrhyn’s Sitting Room. Why is this evidence of a sad story so powerful? I made it the beginning of a collection of made-up tragic objects for the castle, to be presented as if it were real. These are currently shown as a series of drawings, but if the proposal were realized, they would be carved in wood and meticulously labelled with their fictional stories of tragedy.

Text derived from Sara Roberts description of my work at Penrhyn Castle.

Sara Roberts, Project Curator

Alec Stevens 

Artist ~ Sculptor ~ Researcher

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British sculptor Alec Stevens, produces contemporary wooden sculptures and installations for historic & urban environments.

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