||Despair tinged with Optimism
15th july 2007
Tim Davidson the magnificent chair of the Celf Caerleon Arts Festival said the week peaked on the few occasions where his despair was tinged with optimism.
It was a week of tempests, downpours, fields flowing towards the river and archaeological discoveries of layers of the deposits created by generations of cattle. Yet this fifth festival was a success, drawing crowds to see seven sculptors from around the world at work, enjoying free entertainment on the field, browsing among craft stalls and attending a variety of other events.
Fortunately, most sculptures were complete before the rain came, including this commemoration of the Caerleon-born writer Arthur Machen by Jiri Netik of the Czech Republic, and Bulgarian Alexander Ivanov's ornate bench form "Spirit of the Waves"
At the Festival Dinner tonight sponsored by Dylan Matthews at the Celtic Manor Resort, Tim delighted with his stoicism and humour. The event has many generous sponsors and is a herculean achievement by the people of Caerleon. It was an unforgettable cultural orgy of creativity in the face of adversity.
Out the mud came magnificance.
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