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