THE search is on for legendary Rhyl figures to be immortalised in steel as part of new piece of public art for the town.
Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is calling on people nominate their top three Rhyl icons whose life-size likeness will be cut from Cor-Ten steel and will accompany new seating.
Rhyl’s Portrait Bench will be placed near the new Rhyl Harbour walking and cycling bridge, on the newly created traffic-free route which runs along the coastal defence towards the town centre and also links around Marine Lake.
Will it be John Houghton – Nobel Peace Prize winner or Liver Bird actress Nerys Hughes?
Could it be famous engineer George W Garrett who invented the first ever engine powered submarine or Mike Peters - lead singer of rock band The Alarm.
The search is being launched at the Rhyl Harbour Visitor Centre where there is a public display, as well as a similar display at Rhyl Library and a stall where local people can make their Portrait Bench suggestions.
The winning three characters will be selected by a steering group supporting the route and the bench will be installed in the new year.
Glyn Evans, Sustrans Cymru Area Manager, said: “We hope people be creative and have some fun with the community.
“Rhyl’s bench should be personal and represent how people feel about their town.
“Weary walkers and cyclists will be able to take a breather at the bench with some local legends.”
Rhyl Town Councillor Alan James said: “As Champion of the steering group I am very excited to be involved with Sustrans Portrait bench and we as a group are looking forward to people’s suggestions and ideas.”
Ideas for the three local icons can be emailed to email@example.com before the end of October.
The Portrait Bench is a new art initiative from Sustrans which will appear in 80 locations all over the UK by 2013 on newly created routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Each bench will be individual to each community.
Sustrans is one of the largest commissioners of public art in the UK with over 2000 original artworks along the 13,500 miles of National Cycle Network.
The new walking and cycling route that will be home to Rhyl’s Portrait Bench has been funded by Denbighshire County Council and also by Sustrans.