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​Police Warn Motorists About The Distracting, Wood-Carved 'Dragon Of Bethesda'

​Police Warn Motorists About The Distracting, Wood-Carved 'Dragon Of Bethesda'

Earlier this month, multi-award-winning artist Simon O'Rourke spent six days creating a huge wood-carved Dragon sculpture for the Dragon masters themselves, Bethesda.

Hang on... Wrong Bethesda. Although, I'm sure that this carving would look pretty swanky in the games studio's Maryland HQ.

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Rather, Rourke was commissioned to create the 6ft tall, 12ft wide masterpiece for the Welsh town of Bethesda, in the county of Gwynedd. According to North Wales Live, it was local GP Dr Alofs who asked for the impressive carving, that's made entirely from a fallen oak tree, that'd split several years ago after standing for some 200.

The distracting but brilliant Dragon of Bethesda. Credit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving
The distracting but brilliant Dragon of Bethesda. Credit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving

Now we've got that cleared up (and discovered where the studio got its Dragon-inspired name from), Y Ddraig Derw, which translates to "The Oak Dragon," is an absolute masterpiece.

Proudly protecting private land located near the A5, drivers can see the wooden beast snarling from atop rocks above the busy road below. And although it's an astonishing work - something you definitely don't want to miss - local police have been forced to issue warnings regarding its distracting nature.

According to the HGC Bangor & Bethesda, officers are "are concerned at the impact upon road safety as a result of the action of a number of motorists who slow down or in some cases 'stop' to view the Dragon.

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The fallen tree that the Dragon was made from. Crdit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving
The fallen tree that the Dragon was made from. Crdit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving

"There has already been one accident and numerous near misses on this section of road which really does require a driver's full concentration.

"Please concentrate on the road ahead at all times. iIf you want to view it , then please find somewhere safe to park (not on the A5) and walk down on the pavement. Please drive carefully."

Rourke has also warned members of the public, who are interested in seeing his work: "DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. IT IS A FAST AND DANGEROUS ROAD. Please be aware there is only a tiny lay-by there and it's a dangerous road, so it will be better to park further in towards Bethesda and walk back down."

Also, "DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE PRIVATE DRIVEWAY NEXT TO THE LAY-BY!" You heard the man. Or should I say, Dragonborn.

Pulled straight from Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series. Credit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving
Pulled straight from Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series. Credit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving

What do you think about this sculpture? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Simon O'Rourke - Tree Carving

Topics: Technology, Police, Entertainment, Warning, Driving, Bethesda, Wales

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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