Mark Folds

Dylan’s Pencil
Cwmdonkin Park

During Mark Folds’ research visit to Cwmdonkin Park, he was inspired by the presence of a large tree stump standing at over 30 foot high, as well as the long association the park has with the poet Dylan Thomas. The poet is known to have written many of his early works in or about Cwmdonkin Park in the 1930’s, no doubt using pencil and paper and possibly under this actual tree.

Mark Folds’ sculpture, ‘Dylan’s Pencil’, represents simple, humble beginnings: initial ideas jotted down on paper by a writer; the sketches made by an artist; the starting point for all types of creativity. The aim of the work is to engage people in thinking that something amazing, such as Dylan Thomas’ poetry, emerged from something so basic in this place.