The sculpture is by ex-resident Alan Mantle (originally from Arthog) and contains forty-one figures. It's the first bespoke public artwork ever to be installed in Dolgellau. It is carved from a fallen Sweet Chestnut tree from near Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock).
The Dolgellau Parc Committee (part of the Dolgellau Partnership) have been involved for some time in renovating the Parc and this is one of the last additions to the "Echoes of History" area. Following on from the symbols on the granite blocks around the memorial, this space has been designed to mark some of the industries of the town, including wool, cattle, railways and slate.
Colin White (chairman) had an ambition to provide Dolgellau with a definitive Artwork and contacted Alan Mantle who is a world renown sculptor, originally from Arthog, but now living in France.
Alan said he would be pleased to do something for his home area and has produced... “Roots”. The sweet chestnut tree is ideal for wet weather and should survive a long time, having fallen naturally near Bird Rock.
We hope everyone will enjoy it.
…Janet Baker (Secretary of the Parc Committee)