Simon Wingett (l) and sculptor Steve Winterburn with the maquette for the 80ft (24m) tall dragon sculpture they plan to build as the centrepiece of a new tourist hub in Wales.

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Dealer, art adviser and former auctioneer Simon Wingett is heading the project, Waking the Dragon, with sculptor Steve Winterburn.

The complex is to be based at Chirk Park on the English-Welsh border, a 20-acre site that is also to include a gallery and sculpture park with modern and contemporary art on offer. The first exhibition is scheduled for Easter 2019 and will be titled Within Reach.

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Plans for the tourism centre including the 80ft (24m) dragon sculpture.

Wingett and Winterburn first came up with the idea to launch the tourist hub with its landmark statue around 10 years ago. Planning permission for the project was granted by Wrexham council in February 2011. A five-year extension was granted earlier this year and will be paid for by crowdfunding and government aid.

Plans for the dragon sculpture and the viewing platform.

The dragon sculpture is the focal point of the complex and will be mounted on a 40ft-high viewing platform. Slate monoliths, each representing one of the 11 stories from the Welsh Mabinogion, will form a stone circle. An amphitheatre, 200-seat café and deli are among the other elements in the works.

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