Facts about the image, Lake Vyrnwy Giant Hand
This image of the Lake Vyrnwy Giant Hand sculpture by Simon O’Rourke taken from an area around a small stream feeding into the man made lake Vyrnwy in Mid Wales shows how the giant hand statue has been carved from a tree trunk and it’s location in an area where visitors to the lake are forced to explore the area on foot if they want a glimpse of the artwork.
The lake formed by a dam constructed by the Liverpool Water Board to provide fresh water to Liverpool some 120 miles away is a feat of Victorian engineering. Around the lake, which is, now used a leisure and bird watching area features a number of sculptures (mainly wooden) dotted along its shores with the main sculpture park next to the dam wall itself. The giant hand is located out of sight of the lake near the west shore. Construction of the dam ran from 1881 to 1889, it is the first large stone built dam in the United Kingdom and is 357m long, 44m high, 39m thick at the base and decorated with 25 arches, contraction cost at the time was £620,000 (around £22,000,000 at today’s prices). It is the first dam to carry water over its crest instead of in a channel at the side.