A COUNCIL is hoping it could pull off a tourism coup after unveiling a statue of a giant penis.
The dragon egg statue has been erected in the grounds of Newcastle Emlyn Castle in memory of Isaac Carter who in 1718 established the first printing press in Wales.
Carter, who moved to Newcastle Emlyn from Shrewsbury a year earlier, is known to have boasted about the size of his manhood, which he would refer to as the ‘Dragon’.
The council has long been committed to commemorating Carter but feared with computers and other high tec devices having replaced printed newspapers and e-readers such as Kindle having made books redundant, there would be too few people bothered to pay their respects to an innovator of such outdated technology.
However the council hopes by recognising Carter’s other attributes the sculpture could still inject some new life into the town, and make it a mecca for hen parties and other groups widely associated as having a childish obsession with the male organ of copulation.
It’s also hoped Isaac Carter’s ‘dragon’ could attract the ‘pink pound’ – essentially UK sterling, only spent by gay people .
Councillors were told at their June meeting the sculpture is already attracting positive comments.
One impressed resident, identified only as a Ms E Davies, even emailed her thoughts to the town clerk, who reading from the email at the meeting, said: “The problem with so much modern art, and public sculptures these days, are the artist feels they have to be ‘abstract’ and the blasted thing never looks like what it’s meant to represent, but this looks like a giant phallus.”
Ms Davies also raised concerns that the penis could fall into the wrong hands and said she wouldn’t want to see algae allowed to develop.
“Who will clean it? Will it withstand vandalism?
“We could end up with a site littered with the broken remains of artwork that was intended to beautify it. People are not so keen to clean stuff up as they are to put it up,” she added.