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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Nature's Throne

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The work comprises ten granite blocks in a circle surrounding a huge stone seat. This central double seated throne is fashioned from five stones and is carved with natural motifs. The north facing seat celebrates the water aspects so central to the site, the south facing seat celebrates the sun and earth. Images of natural life are carved in relief. The granite standing stones are not carved but retain the holes and marks of their previous industrial use. All 15 blocks were retrieved from the foundations of 'Victoria', a massive Cornish beam engine, installed on the site in 1859.
     Funded by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Countryside Commission, Greater London Arts, Skinners Company, Lady Neville Charity. The artist joined with local schools and community groups in the course of the work.
     Cyclic nature of history.

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Contributor details

Contributor Role
Haughney, Paula Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Ten standing stones Granite None
Seat of five blocks Granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WF033 UEL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Lea Bridge Road
Precise location Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve, north end
A-Z ref 64 Zb 34
OS ref TQ357865
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1990
Unveiling details 1 October 1990
Commissioned by Lea Valley Regional Park Authority through the Public Art Development Trust
Duty of care Lea Valley Regional Park Authority?
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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