Thursday, 16 April 2015

What is it......?

On one of our excursions along a section of the Two Moors Way the other day we came across this at the side of the trail...
"What is it?" asked Anne.....


At the side of the trail.......
About ten years ago I walked the entire Coast to Coast Two Moors Way but I never saw this object..... probably because I was walking south to north and this was facing north......also when I was walking this section of the route then, it was at the end of a very long day and I was intent at just getting to my camping spot so would never have noticed this..... 

Anyway, Anne expected me to be able to answer her question but I couldn't.....

The object appeared to be one half of a round granite boulder....it was about chest height and seemed to have been drilled with holes about two inches deep each one the diameter of my little finger. But what it actually was for remained a bit of a mystery.

When we got back to the caravan that evening I checked it out on the internet. 
What I found is that a Sculptor by the name of Peter Randall-Page lives and works close by and that this particular object is an item of his work......

He produced two of these from one large granite boulder, each one being a mirror image of the other.
This one was placed where we saw it at the side of the northern Dartmoor section of the Two Moors way and the other apparently is placed along the trail on the Exmoor section....

When I did the walk all those years ago I didn't see that one either.........!!
It just goes to show that every time you do a walk you can learn and see new things....

As if to prove the point, when we walked along that same part of the trail today we saw another item of Peter Randall-Page's work...again set alongside the trail.
This object was placed in its own niche set in a wall and under the roots of a large tree.....

Another item of Peter Randall-Page's work.



7 comments:

Peter Roberts said...

There is a growing trend, a welcome trend in my view, to combine art and sculpture across the country.

Another recent example is described here
http://derbyshirepoetlaureate.blogspot.co.uk/

Look out for more on your travels. I dont know if this is common across Europe but perhaps you will tell us and you journey into the unknown.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Peter Roberts*
Thanks for that very interesting link Peter....
There is something rather special about finding an art installation miles from anywhere when you least expect to see it.....

Steve A said...

My first thought: "Boy, the wheels on old English bikes sure are heavy!"

Trevor Woodford said...

*Steve A*
Stone Age bikes Steve....very popular in these parts... :-)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Very cool piece of art, Trevor.
I was reminded of the crosssection of an Okra / Ladies Finger (Abelmoschus esculentus Moench).
Glad you got to hike!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra Eswaran*
It has certainly been good getting out on some nice walks again Chandra...

J_on_tour said...

I hadn't heard of this sculptor before but when I started reading about the stone with two identical halves, my mind immediately raced elsewhere with a successful google search of the sculptor. He created another now famous stone on the shores of Derwentwater, Cumbria.
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1249923