Sultan the Pit Pony Art Installation in Caerphilly

Parc Penallta in Caerphilly is home to Sultan the Pit Pony, a 200 metre long/15 metre high sculpture of a joyous pony leaping through the hills! It was designed by Welsh artist Mick Petts, partly to act as a wind barrier to buffer the strong winds from affecting the park. They used 60,000 tons of coal shale, dirt and stone to build this local legend. Impressively, Sultan is one of the largest figurative Earth sculptures in the UK. He’s named after a real horse – a beloved pit pony called Sultan from the local Penallta Colliery. That’s the aim with this sculpture, to honour the mine’s equine workers who lived and worked tirelessly underground in the coal pits. There are viewpoints nearby if you wish to see Sultan from a higher perspective.

  • Entry: Free
  • Parc Penallta is open from 7am-7pm

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