Some worry that author Roald Dahl’s legacy has been washed away in his native Wales, but fans hope to build it back, brick by brick.
Dahl, who would have turned 101 on Wednesday, is known for his beloved works such as the “BFG,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda.”September 13, 2017
The Roald Dahl Literature Estate and Lego placed six statues around the UK Wednesday to celebrate the author’s birthday.
A statue of James, the fictional orphan boy who goes on an adventure inside a magical peach, was unveiled at Cardiff Castle.
The 30,200-brick boy and friendly bug were constructed as part of the Roald Dahl Literature Estate and Lego initiative. They were created by the UK’s only certified Lego professional builder, Duncan Titmarsh, according to the Manchester Evening News.September 13, 2017
James and his bug friend will stay in Cardiff, Dahl’s birthplace, for two months, according to the Roald Dahl website.
But some Cardiff natives — including author, critic and poet Peter Finch — were underwhelmed by the statute for Dahl.
“In a word, I guess I wish that it would be bigger,” he said. “I think that we could take a leaf out of most places in America’s book who put up memorials to their writers.”
Finch said Cardiff has permanent statutes to celebrate military members in the city and he would like to see Dahl similarly recognized.
The city celebrated Dahl’s birthday last year by parading a giant peach through the streets. But Finch worries that the festive momentum — with the exception of some plaques on buildings that are associated with the author — has all but dissolved.
Finch and other fans admire Dahl for his versatility. The children’s book author was also a screenwriter, poet and fighter pilot.
“That really excites me,” Finch said. “Someone who can do multiple things.”