THE National Eisteddfod crown, manufactured from copper mined on the Great Orme, has been presented festival’s Executive Committee,

The crown has been designed and created by contemporary jeweller Angela Evans from Caernarfon.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Chief Executive of Grŵp Cynefin, who are sponsoring the crown, said: “There are three key elements to the Crown’s design, with three layers of metal outline creating an exciting and modern image linked to the basic principles of Grŵp Cynefin. It is wonderful to see the completed Crown and we are grateful to Angela for all her work.”

Angela explains: “Our culture is maintained through our communities: in these homes our people, our language and our culture thrive. This is the basis of the Crown, the tallest and strongest part.”

Shapes of stylish houses form the first tier of the Crown, but they are, of course, more than houses. These are home to the people and families of the area.

Triangles appear in the second tier, a shape with natural strength, representing the roofs of houses, supporting structures against lateral pressures, and representing the sustainability of the area. And to crown each pinnacle is a copper ball, a renowned characteristic of Angela’s work as a professional jeweller.

The third tier is the county of Conwy, the rural valley and the densely populated coast. The glow that flows through the mountains down the valley and into the sea through the River Conwy is water: it brings its nutrition as an essential container to create a thriving community, environment and landscape, and to ensure a strong habitat for man and animal. Therefore, the flow of water seen in the last layer, is a smooth soft arch to convey the movement of the flow.

The copper originates from the old Great Orme copper mines in Llandudno, and a 2cm cube of pure bright copper was presented to the Eisteddfod in order that Angela could make use of it as a decorative element on the Crown.