Saturday, 18 June 2011

Slag Goddess

It's amazing what you can do with a coal-mining slag heap. This is US landscape architect Charles Jencks's Northumberlandia, "Goddess of the North", which is already taking shape in - you guessed it - Northumberland. When completed, it will be the largest sculpture of a human body on the planet, nearly half a mile long. A four-mile pathway will allow visitors to follow the curves of her body. It will cost around £2m ($3m), none of which will come from public funds. The cost will be borne by the Banks Group, which runs the Shotten mine, and the Blagdon Estate, owned by Viscount Ridley. The goddess will be the centrepiece for a new public park near Cramlington (title link). Nice one.


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