Friday, 3 July 2009

Witnesses of the Marian Dawn [#1]

'A 400-yard naked "Green Goddess" is to be carved into the Northumberland landscape, under a new plan revealed by a mining company.

Dubbed the "Goddess of the North", Northumberlandia will be made from two million tonnes of earth dug out from an open cast mine in Cramlington, and tower 112ft into the northern sky.

The Goddess, designed by artist Charles Jencks, will recline over the Shotton open-cast mine and form the centre piece of a new public park at the site.

The entire development is estimated to cost around £2.5 million, and work will begin on the sculpture next year.

Plans for the sculpture, which will be visible from the A1, were originally blocked by Northumberland County Council 2006 after 2,500 people objected to the proposals.

But after a successful appeal to the Government by the Durham based The Banks Group, which runs the mine, the Goddess will now be able to go ahead.'


1 comment:

Newspaceman said...

Ben, hiya Jencks did this sculpture too:

About 5 years ago I worked, in a manual capacity - for a family who lived in an old Jacobean property near Edinburgh. tHye have now -and were- building this sculpture park. Jencks is again involved.

Their house is built on lay-lines and the gardens are orientated to such. Often there were dowsers roaming around when I worked there.

They were nice people to work for, but the old "boss" was a womaniser thus got sacked, the new one a wank.