South West Wales

Morriston Hospital sculpture marks 70 years of NHS

Artist Sarah Tombs works on the sculpture Image copyright NHS
Image caption Artist Sarah Tombs works on the sculpture

A sculpture has been unveiled at a Swansea hospital to commemorate its links with Port Talbot steelworks.

The piece was unveiled at Morriston Hospital's Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery on Monday.

It was inspired by Welsh mythology and created from Tata steel by Sarah Tombs, an artist from west Wales.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board unveiled the structure to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The sculpture is of the legendary Lady of Llyn y Fan Fach and symbolises "regeneration and healing".

According to the Mabinogion and The Red Book of Hergest, she was mother of the Physicians of Myddfai, who used magical powers to heal the sick.

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Image caption The sculpture was unveiled on Monday

Ms Tombs spent about 18 months constructing the sculpture, which has been allowed to rust.

"I wanted the steel to come through and oxidisation is a natural process," she explained.

"It's softer and less industrial than something that has been galvanised or painted. It will change as time passes and I like that too."

The connections between healthcare and industry in south Wales are also being marked with a purpose-built miners' lamp, which will be the symbol of the health board's celebrations across the anniversary year.

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