Giant models of famous Welsh people

As Wales celebrated St David’s Day with daffodils, dragons, leeks and Welsh cakes – here in Cardiff they decided to celebrate by bringing out 5 large fibreglass models of some rather famous Welsh faces.

These models took part in the annual St David’s Day parade which was the highlight for the many thousands of people who lined the streets from Cardiff City Hall to Cardiff Castle.

St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales
St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, WalesSt David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales
St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales

Most people could name the giant statues of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Nessa from Gavin and Stacey – but the other two proved more tricky.

A lot of people incorrectly guessed the Owain Glyndwr model as St David – whereas the man sporting a red shirt with ‘Cymru’ emblazoned across it stumped people even more.

Most people thought it was a Welsh rugby player but there was shock when it was revealed as Gethin Jenkins! There is quite a resemblance once you know!

St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, WalesSt David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales
St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales

As the parade made it’s way ever closer to Cardiff Castle the huge models were retired outside The Potted Pig as they were too big to fit through the castle gates.

St David's Day Parade in Cardiff
St David's Day Parade in CardiffSt David's Day Parade in Cardiff
St David's Day Parade in CardiffSt David's Day Parade in CardiffSt David's Day Parade in Cardiff

After Tom passed the Millennium Stadium and Shirley wafted past the Cardiff Market – Nessa then pulled up alongside the other models to end their procession – they have captured Nessa’s expression perfectly!

And Owain Glyndwr gets ever so close to the High and Mighty shop!

St David's Day Parade in Cardiff

Designed between 2010 and 2011 by London based artists Sarah Mangan, Anna Ferrie and Sarah Pimenta the fivesome resided outside The Potted Pig restaurant – where they all stayed long enough for another great photo opportunity!

St David's Day Parade in Cardiff
St David's Day Parade in CardiffSt David's Day Parade in Cardiff
St David's Day Parade in Cardiff

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9 Responses to “Giant models of famous Welsh people”

  1. super photo of my sister! Thank you – from south Germany!!

  2. Hi, It’s my twin sister – she is on the first picture , on the left hand side, in a purple coat and holding a Welsh flag. I put my flag up too! You have an amazing site with all those pictures on houses! I am very impressed, regards Lis

  3. Yep she does feature on a few more – this one probably best!
    St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales

  4. Hi Lee
    Thanks for the info – shall look it up now. All the best,
    Lis

  5. I’m really glad you enjoy seeing the Giants of Wales. Just wanted to let you know that the Giants of Wales were actually designed and made by me with 2 colleagues. I am a London based artist and was first commissioned in 2010 to make Owain and Shirley. The other 3 followed in 2011 and 2 other artists helped make the faces. The Giants were not made by school children as stated. Please could you credit me Sarah Mangan, Anna Ferrie and Sarah Pimenta as the artists. Thanks

  6. Yes no problem Sarah – apologies! PS Did you watch the England v Wales game last night? 😉

    Lee

    • PPS Just -reread what was written above and I cant see it stating in this post anything about them being made by school children! (Maybe I had too many celebratory drinks last night!)

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