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

The Shining Stone

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The bean-shaped steel 'stone' is set in the stream, the Black Brook, reflecting the bank, trees and onlookers. Its shape is derived from the artist's study of the water flow.
     The sculpture commission was the initiative of Staffordshire's Public Art Department, who worked with the Landscape Department in upgrading the area of Lamas. The artist was chosen for her commitment to researching the history of the site and producing a work which was entirely site specific. She worked closely with Graysbrooke Primary School in Shenstone as part of this commission.
     The artist took inspiration from the village name, Shenstone, whose derivation many people believe is 'beautiful stone' or shining stone. She chose to site her sculpture in the Black Brook, which runs through the Lammas Lands used by the Celts as a site for harvest festival rites, in order to make a connection with Celtic culture. Trees, held sacred by the Celts, are reflected in the mirror finish of the stainless steel, while the text inscribed on it is taken from the words of an unknown ninth-century Irish author. The placing of the stone at a point near where a bridge built on a north-south orientation crosses a stream running from west to east would have been considered sacred by the Celts because it symbolised the meeting of polar opposites.

Inscriptions

around curve of 'stone': A FLOCK OF BIRDS SETTLE WHERE THE GREEN FIELD RE-ECHOES THERE IS A BRISK BRIGHT STREAM

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Naden, Jo Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
'Stone' Stainless steel None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STliSHlb001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Leppards Way
Precise location in Black Brook, by footbridge off Leppards Way
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 2002
Year of unveiling 2002
Unveiling details Unveiled 22 September 2002
Commissioned by Staffordshire County Council
Duty of care Staffordshire County Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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