The coastal region of south west Wales is an unspoiled corner of the country strewn with remnants of its past, both physical and folkloristic. It is a panacea for city dwellers seeking outdoor pursuits and a means of escape to a simpler, more grounded life. Near the city of St Davids is the abandoned village Pennsylvania, where traces of a few terraced houses can still be seen. A muddy cart track with tumbled walls still leads from this dwelling, which is believed to be the route that the resident Quakers took to leave Pennsylvania one last time seeking passage to ‘Y Baradwys Bell’ (The Far Paradise). This derelict route is known as ‘The Road to New York’.
For his work at g39 Ben Lloyd uses this historical tale to as a way of looking at the more contemporary escapism that now brings people to this part of the country, and the wider compulsion to desert one’s homeland altogether.