CONSTRUCTION of the Chinese pavilion in Stratford is complete.
The peony pavilion has been built by Chinese craftsmen in Firs Garden over the past three weeks.
It is a typical symbol for the work of Shakespeare’s contemporary Tang Xianzu and of a token of love.
The seven metre structure is made from a variety of materials including timber, stone, clay, slate and intricate wood carvings.
To accompany the peony pavilion – also a name of a popular Tang Xianzu play – is an inscription depicting the love story which has been passed down for more than 400 years.
The town was gifted the structure by Fuzhou city where a replica Shakespeare’s Birthplace and other local landmarks are being constructed.
Its placement in the Firs Garden has been the subject of much controversy since residents feared it could become a focus for attract anti-social behaviour and would be out of keeping with the surroundings.
But Stratford District Council bosses remain convinced it will become a tourist attraction and give a boost to a park they have called ‘underdeveloped’.
The pavilion is currently fenced off but will be unveiled on Friday April 26 as part of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations weekend.