The mound, named Sultan the Pony Pit, was designed and built by Welsh artist Mick Petts, which was no easy feat. A total of 60,000 tons of coal and shale were used in construction, creating the necessary rising curves and contours that give the mound its enchanting depth and awe from above. There is significance in this choice of materials, as the sculpture references how horses were used to transport coal from nearby mines between the 18th and 20th centuries.
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Parc Penalta in South Wales is not just home to Sultan, but many other, more natural attractions. Visitors can navigate the wetlands via a willow tree tunnel, trek across the Penalta Marsh in search of butterflies, or find a peaceful spot on the lake and observe both fish and fowl. Cyclists, runners, and hikers are not left out, as there is an 8 mile or 27 mile trail nearby. Have you added Wales to your wanderlust bucket list, yet?
Images via Steve Brockett